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Kirtling Tower

A Grade I Listed Building in Kirtling, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.1894 / 52°11'21"N

Longitude: 0.4663 / 0°27'58"E

OS Eastings: 568683

OS Northings: 257441

OS Grid: TL686574

Mapcode National: GBR PCX.QPK

Mapcode Global: VHJGY.17CF

Plus Code: 9F425FQ8+QG

Entry Name: Kirtling Tower

Listing Date: 1 December 1951

Last Amended: 25 April 1984

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1126291

English Heritage Legacy ID: 49203

Location: Kirtling, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB8

County: Cambridgeshire

District: East Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Kirtling

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Kirtling All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Ely

Tagged with: Castle

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7/125 Kirtling Tower
1.12.51 (formerly listed as
Kirtling Towers)


Gatehouse c.1530 built for Lord North (c.1496-1564), house
rebuilt c.1872, architect J.A. Hansom (1803-1882). Red brick
with black diaper brick patterning, limestone dressings. Flat
leaded roof to tower, steeply pitched slate roofs to house with
gable parapet to east. Gatehouse, three storeys with main south
entrance blocked and ground floor incorporated into plan of C19
house. House, two storeys to rear of tower, double pile
extending to east and west. Gatehouse has four octagonal corner
turrets rising above embattled parapet with two-light,
four-centred arched windows. Two larger turrets to south flank
original entrance with four-centred arch infilled with C19
three-lancet-light window. Fine two storey limestone oriel
window above, segmental in plan with enriched frieze, mullioned
and transomed windows with vertical lines continued in blind
panels. Lateral stack with two shafts. C19 house details
similar to gatehouse with three first floor and two ground floor
mullioned and transomed windows. Closed, embattled porch in
angle with boarded and studded door in four-centred arch
approached by stone steps. Interior details include oak newel
stair to tower with original doors and four-centred arched
doorways. C19 details to house with good staircase. The
original hall survived until 1801 and was visited by Queen
Elizabeth I in 1578, it was situated within the moated site of a
Saxon Castle owned by King Harold.
Pevsner, Buildings of England, p.420.
Bailey, I.S., Kirtling, 1979.
Taylor, C., The Cambridgeshire Landscape, p152, 1973.
Prints of Kirtling Hall, CC. Maynard Ms. Vol.IX, CRO.
Country Life, Vol.LXIX, p102.
RCHM (Cambs notes), 1953.

Listing NGR: TL6868357441

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