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Description: Cocklaw Tower
Date Listed: 15 April 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 240098
OS Grid Reference: NY9392671154
OS Grid Coordinates: 393926, 571154
Latitude/Longitude: 55.0349, -2.0966
This building is also a scheduled monument.
NY 97 SW
2/339 Cocklaw Tower
Towerhouse, late C14 or early C15. Large squared stone, probably re-used Roman
material. Rectangular plan; 3 floors,each with single large chamber,smaller
chamber to south and newel stair at south-east corner. Chamfered set-back
above basement and hollow-chamfered cornice (largely fallen) below parapet.
South elevation shows central pointed chamfered doorway to basement and
scattered chamfered loops; above cornice, remains of taller turret at south-
west corner. East elevation shows similar doorway at 1st floor level with
window of 2 trefoil-headed lights (mullion gone) to right, also various chamfered
loops; west elevation shows similar 2-light 1st-floor window, north elevation
Interior: vaulted lobby with doorway to stair on right and hole broken through
wall on left into former prison originally accessible only via trapdoor from
painted chamber above. Main basement barrel vault partly fallen at north end.
Painted chamber, with remains of C16 mural decoration, on south at 1st floor
level, and garderobe to north-west. Mezzanine chamber on south between 1st and
2nd floors, entered only from stair.
The virtually-intact shell of a towerhouse.
W.H. Knowles, 1895, 'Cocklaw Tower', Trans Architectural and Archaeological
Society of Durham and Northumberland, IV, 309-15.
Listing NGR: NY9392671154
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Source: English Heritage
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