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Barden Tower, Barden

Description: Barden Tower

Grade: I
Date Listed: 10 September 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 323684

OS Grid Reference: SE0509357198
OS Grid Coordinates: 405093, 457198
Latitude/Longitude: 54.0108, -1.9238

Location: B6160, Barden, North Yorkshire BD23 6AS

Locality: Barden
Local Authority: Craven District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: BD23 6AS

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There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Barden Tower Medieval Fortified House and Medieval Garden Earthworks, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.

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Listing Text

BARDEN B (6160
SE 05 NE (east side)
6/31 Barden Tower


GV 1

Fortified house, now ruinous. Mid C16, restored in lo58-9. Ashlar and
rubblestone. Rectangular in plan, an L-shaped addition to the south-east
corner. Main house: 3 storeys, 4 bays. Small chamfered four-centred arched
doorway to left of bay 2 with tablet above bearing inscription "This Barden
Tower was repayred by the Ladie Anne Clifforde Countesse Dowager of
Pembrooke, Dorsett and Montgomery Baronesse Clifforde Westmorland and
Vescie. Lady of the Honor of Skipton in Craven and High Sherriffesse by
inheritance of Countie of Westmorland in the years 1658 and 1659 after it
had layne ruinous ever since about 1589 when her mother then lay in itt and
was greate with child with her till nowe that itt was repayred by the said
Lady. Isa Chap 58 Ver 12 'Gods Home be praised.". Left-hand bay has a
lancet. Bays 2 and 4 have chamfered openings of large 3-light windows with
hoodmoulds and relieving arches. The bay between is flanked by remains of
walls and has a large double-chamfered, four-centred arched opening. First
floor: left bay has a chamfered 2-light mullioned window with four-centred
arched heads to lights, hoodmould. Bays 2 and 4 have similar large 3-light
windows. To bay 3 a large plain four-centred arched opening. Second floor:
openings are ruinous and open at the top, except that to bay 3 which is of
one light. Left return: external stack to right of chamfered 4-centred
arched door. To left a squared chamfered opening, to right of stack a
chamfered opening. Above 2 chamfered lancets above a 2-light chamfered
mullioned window with four-centred arched lights, hoodmould. Similar window
above of 3 lights. Right return: similar. Rear: ruinous with small
rectangular openings. L-shaped addition: 3 storeys, bays. Left-hand bay
set back, chamfered doorway, chamfered 2-light windows above, one over the
other. Right-hand bay: blind. Band, parapet. Rear: large external stack.
A late medieval tower house of Lord Clifford, 'the shepherd Lord'; of
interest as a small fortification with domestic amenities. Also a scheduled
ancient monument (Yorkshire, West Riding) No 123.

Listing NGR: SE0504857203

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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