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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:


NU 21 NE 6/39 10.1.53


Craster Tower


Country house incorporating medieval tower. Tower probably C14. House 1769, perhaps by William Newton; east wing C19. Tower large squared stone; 1769 block has south front of squared whinstone with tooled sandstone ashlar quoins and dressings, east elevation of squared stone and west end rendered. East wing rendered with cut sandstone quoins and dressings. Graduated Lakeland slate roof on 1769 part, Scottish slates on east wing; flat roof of tower not seen. L-plan with rectangular tower at junction of 1769 south block and east wing.

South front 3 storeys, 2 + 1 + 2 bays, symmetrical. Plinth, 1st-floor and 1st floor sill bands. Rusticated quoins. Central tripartite Tuscan doorway has fielded-panel door under radial fanlight, between pilasters carrying open pediment; flanking 3-pane casements. 12-pane sash windows to lower floors; those on 1st floor corniced and centre pedimented. Lower eaves cornice with central pediment, open except for detached section of cornice above central 2nd floor window. Hipped roof with 2 ridge stacks, rendered on stone bases. Set back to right is 3-storey 4-bay east wing with raised quoins; 12- and 16- pane sashes in raised stone surrounds; coped right end gable; stepped-and- corniced ridge and right end stacks.

West front in two parts. Right 3-storey 4-bay 1769 block: ground floor sill band; 12-pane sashes to lower floors and 9-pane sashes above. Left taller 3-storey tower: large chamfered plinth. 1st and 2nd floors have tripartite windows, small-paned sashes with intersecting heads under pointed arches, with raised moulded surrounds and sills. Moulded string below embattled parapet.

East elevation of 1769 block shows C19 canted ashlar bay with 12-pane sashes, moulded cornice and parapet; 12- and 6-pane sashes in raised stone surrounds above.

North (entrance) front: Left east wing, with lower floors set forward under separate pent roof. Right end shallow porch with tripartite Gothick doorway; vertical-panelled door flanked by 2-pane casements. Quatrefoil window above and gable with moulded coping and kneelers. 4-pane sashes, except for another quatrefoil at 1st-floor level to left of porch. Tower to right has C20 opening on ground floor only.

Interior not seen. Tower retains barrel-vaulted basements.

Listing NGR: NU2511219575


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 04 Aug 2000
Reference: IOE01/01417/28
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Peter Oakley Clarke. Source Historic England Archive
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