Wraysholme Tower

12 Jul 2000
Wraysholme Tower, Wraysholme Lane, Lower Allithwaite, South Lakeland, Cumbria, LA11 7LZ
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

LOWER ALLITHWAITE WRAYSHOLME LANE SD 37 NE (East side) Flookburgh 5/111 Wraysholme Tower 25.3.70 II* Peel tower, now barn over cowhouse. Probably late C15. Dressed stone with slate roof. Square tower, originally of 3 storeys, 1st floor now rises to gabled roof. North elevation has corbelled parapet, some corbels pierced to form water spouts, and angle turrets with corbelled embattled parapets, both damaged to south side. Large C20 building attached, and 2nd floor flat-headed window of 2 cusped lights. East elevation has entrance with rough head and small window to right, probably both inserted. 1st floor has hollow chamfered light, and large inserted entrance, approached by ramp and bridge, to north end. 2nd floor has 2 hollow-chamfered lights. South elevation has projecting garderobe to east end, rising to full height, the turret now missing, but with traces of corralling to returns; small lights to west return. Ground floor has chamfered light and lean-to privy next to garderobe turret; 1st floor has flat-headed window, originally of 2 cusped lights but mullion missing; 2nd floor has flat-headed window of 2 cusped lights; corbelled parapet and gable, remains of turret to west angle. West facade has attached farmhouse (datestones of C17 and C19, much altered). Stair lights to south end. Pointed entrance to north end has hollow chamfered opening and jamb missing; hollow chamfered light to each floor above. Pointed entrance, now leading to house opens onto lobby, with spiral stair in south-west angle; pointed entrance to main space. Ground floor has cowhouse partitions. Stair has straight-headed entrance with hollow chamfered reveals to each floor; Tudor-headed fireplace to each floor, that to ground floor now window. A good example of peel tower unaltered by post-medieval domestic use. A Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: SD3831875420


This is part of the Series: IOE01/2266 IOE Records taken by C J Wright; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr CJ Wright. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Wright, Cj

Rights Holder: Wright, Cj


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