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Description: Otterburn Tower
Date Listed: 7 January 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 239688
OS Grid Reference: NY8876993155
OS Grid Coordinates: 388769, 593155
Latitude/Longitude: 55.2325, -2.1781
OTTERBURN A 696
NY 89 SE (North side)
25/28 Otterburn Tower
Country house, now hotel. After 1830 for Mr. James incorporating the masonry
of an C18 house which may in turn contain earlier work. Extended to rear 1904
by F.W. Rich for Howard Pease. Dressed stone with ashlar dressings, Welsh
slate roofs. Castellated Tudor style. Complex and irregular plan.
Front has large castellated porch left of centre, with Tudor-arched entry and
shields with crests. Large tower to left has C18 masonry; 3 storeys with
3-light mullioned and mullioned-and-transomed windows. Two-storey dining room
section to right of porch is also older masonry; its windows are early C20
casements, a 4-light mullioned-and-transomed window on ground floor, two
2-light mullioned windows above. Irregular 4-bay section to right has one-
and 2-light windows. All Victorian windows have original 8-pane sashes in
each light. End sections have corbel tables with small close-set rounded
corbels. Centre section has parapet projecting on broach chamfer. Battlements
with many higher corner turrets projecting qqbroad double chamfer. Gabled
roofs with tall corniced ridge and end stacks.
To rear additions of 1904: to right a castellated tower with boldly concave
coping and elegantly-curved water spouts; to left a double-span section with
16-pane sashes and steeply-pitched roofs.
Interior: mainly of 1904. Dining room has panelling, a large wood fireplace
with the Pease crest in the overmantel and 4 stained-glass roundels. Drawing
room has an older marble fireplace, brought from elsewhere, with paired Ionic
columns and frieze with the She-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus. Library has
large Inglenook fireplace with segmental arch. 5 painted panels above
depicting scenes from the Battle of 0tterburn above; finely-detailed joggled
lintel to fireplace.
Listing NGR: NY8876993155
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Source: English Heritage
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