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Overgrass Tower and Adjacent Ruins

A Grade II Listed Building in Newton-on-the-Moor and Swarland, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.3239 / 55°19'25"N

Longitude: -1.7738 / 1°46'25"W

OS Eastings: 414448

OS Northings: 603335

OS Grid: NU144033

Mapcode National: GBR J61W.RC

Mapcode Global: WHC1X.QGH0

Plus Code: 9C7W86FG+GF

Entry Name: Overgrass Tower and Adjacent Ruins

Listing Date: 31 December 1969

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1155525

English Heritage Legacy ID: 236872

ID on this website: 101155525

Location: Northumberland, NE65

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Newton-on-the-Moor and Swarland

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Felton St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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Overgrass Tower
and adjacent ruins


Ruins of towerhouse, late C14 or C15, and adjacent building probably C18.
Tower massive squared stone, adjacent building smaller squared stone.
Rectangular plan 7.15 x 4.7 metres internally with walls 1.8 metres thick and
slight projection for stair alongside entrance at east end of south wall.
Walls stand to about 1st floor level except at south-east corner; the side
walls preserve most of their facing and chamfered set back 2 metres up.
South wall shows west jambs of inner and outer doorways; east wall shows
central loop; west wall shows central loop and garderobe shaft. Interior:
slightly-pointed tunnel vault almost complete, with mural cupboards on south
(bricked up) and east.
Smaller rectangular building adjoins west part of north wall; walls mostly
stand to 3 metres high but without architectural features other than a small
loop and a segment-headed oven recess, formerly at rear of a hearth with
fire hood, on the north.

Listing NGR: NU1444803335

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