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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1042183



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


District: Northumberland

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Ford

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 10-Mar-1988

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 238050

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FORD ETAL NT 9239 16/83 Etal Castle: Great Tower GV I

Great Tower at north-west corner of castle, now detached from other ruins. Licence to crenellate 1342 for the Manners family. Squared stone. 4 storeys, 46 x 32 feet.

The tower had a forebuilding on east side which contained the ground-floor entry and a newel stair; its footings remain. The rest of the tower stands to eaves height. Chamfered plinth and chamfered offsets above 2nd floor. On ground floor one small arched vent in west wall. Above, on each floor a 2-light transomed window with cusped heads to lights. Similar windows on south side and probably on north side also, though there the details have gone. The east side, formerly within the forebuilding has, on ground floor, a broad arched doorway with continuous chamfer. Above, symmetrically arranged, 2 narrower arched doorways on each floor.

Interior: The ground floor had a pointed tunnel vault with 7 chamfered transverse ribs. The springing remains. Large segmental-arched fireplaces on 1st and 2nd floors. The large windows have segmental rere arches, some of the smaller windows triangular rere arches.

Northumberland County History: Vol.XI. AM 70.

Listing NGR: NT9249639320

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Vickers, K H , 'A History of Northumberland' in The Parishes Carham Branxton Kirknewton Wooler and Ford, , Vol. 11, (1922)

National Grid Reference: NT 92499 39317


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