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Etal Castle Great Tower

A Grade I Listed Building in Ford, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.6473 / 55°38'50"N

Longitude: -2.1207 / 2°7'14"W

OS Eastings: 392499

OS Northings: 639317

OS Grid: NT924393

Mapcode National: GBR F3M4.NF

Mapcode Global: WH9Z2.DBC0

Plus Code: 9C7VJVWH+WP

Entry Name: Etal Castle Great Tower

Listing Date: 10 March 1988

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1042183

English Heritage Legacy ID: 238050

Location: Ford, Northumberland, TD12

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Ford

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Ford And Etal

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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NT 9239
16/83 Etal Castle:
Great Tower

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

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