DALDEN TOWER

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1232268
Date first listed:
21-Jun-1950
Statutory Address:
DALDEN TOWER, DAWDON DENE

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Location

Statutory Address:
DALDEN TOWER, DAWDON DENE

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

District:
County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Seaham
National Grid Reference:
NZ 42024 48742

Details

NZ 44 NW 421488 SEAHAM DAWDON DENE (West side)

4/31 Dalden Tower

21.6.50 II*

Fragmentary remains of a medieval hall or tower house. C14 or slightly earlier. Roughly dressed limestone and sandstone walls with rubble infill. Rectangular plan c.l0 x 15 metres. North, east and west walls c.1.5 metres thick and up to 8 metres high; low south wall. North wall has irregular opening and remains of rebated jamb at ground level and a 1st floor corbel course. West wall has chimney recess and fragmentary jamb at south-west corner. East wall adjoins low south wall and has chimney recess and, to right at 1st floor level, a decorated rectangular niche probably of early C14 date. Niche framed by attached colonnettes has roughly square panel decorated by ogee arch with reticulated tracery in tympanum and 4 flanking carved representations of traceried windows. Lintel above has worn decorative feature crowning arch and 2 flanking shields. Rebates within niche suggest that it contained a wooden shelf and was probably a buffet for the display of plate or food. East wall continues to left and has a dressed stone jamb and the remains of a splayed opening at ground level. Excavations during 1965-6 revealed further considerable remains.

Dalden Tower is a scheduled Ancient Monument.

"Theodore Nicholson, Report of Excavations at Dalden Tower 1965-6, Antiquities of [Sunderland Vol XXIV 1969"]

Listing NGR: NZ4202448742

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
407589
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Nicholson, T, Antiquities of Sunderland, (1969)

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 16 Aug 1999
Reference: IOE01/01252/13
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr T W Henderson. Source Historic England Archive
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