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Bridge Head Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Warkworth, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.3493 / 55°20'57"N

Longitude: -1.6102 / 1°36'36"W

OS Eastings: 424819

OS Northings: 606208

OS Grid: NU248062

Mapcode National: GBR K66L.67

Mapcode Global: WHC1T.7TJ1

Entry Name: Bridge Head Tower

Listing Date: 31 December 1969

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1154927

English Heritage Legacy ID: 237138

Location: Warkworth, Northumberland, NE65

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Warkworth

Built-Up Area: Warkworth

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Warkworth St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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Listing Text

(West side)

21/247 Bridge-head tower


Gate tower at south end of bridge, late C14 with some C19 restoration and
patching. Large squared stone, with cut dressings. Rectangular plan 8.3 x
5.5 metres externally.

North (external) elevation shows double-chamfered 4-centred archway with slit
window to right; upper floor ruinous but chamfered left jamb of window remains.
Returns each show square-headed chamfered loop to upper floor, with stone
spout below that on east. South elevation shows plain arch and loop to left;
remains of two windows on upper floor.

Interior: Gate passage has rough 4-centred vault. At inner end of passage a
2-panel door in chamfered round arch to newel stair on east; and studded
vertical-panelled door in similar arch to guard chamber on west. Guard
chamber has similar vault and stone bench at north end. Upper chamber (not
seen) said to have fireplace and 3 roof corbels.

Historical notes: Rare example of a fortified gateway on a bridge. The guard
chamber was used as the village lock-up in the C18.

Listing NGR: NU2481706208

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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