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Cocklaw Tower

A Grade I Listed Building in Wall, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.0349 / 55°2'5"N

Longitude: -2.0966 / 2°5'47"W

OS Eastings: 393926

OS Northings: 571154

OS Grid: NY939711

Mapcode National: GBR FBS6.WY

Mapcode Global: WHB1Z.RQT1

Entry Name: Cocklaw Tower

Listing Date: 15 April 1969

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1156641

English Heritage Legacy ID: 240098

Location: Wall, Northumberland, NE46

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Wall

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: St Oswald-in-Lee with Bingfield

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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Listing Text

NY 97 SW
2/339 Cocklaw Tower

15.4.69 I

Towerhouse, late C14 or early C15. Large squared stone, probably re-used Roman
material. Rectangular plan; 3 floors,each with single large chamber,smaller
chamber to south and newel stair at south-east corner. Chamfered set-back
above basement and hollow-chamfered cornice (largely fallen) below parapet.
South elevation shows central pointed chamfered doorway to basement and
scattered chamfered loops; above cornice, remains of taller turret at south-
west corner. East elevation shows similar doorway at 1st floor level with
window of 2 trefoil-headed lights (mullion gone) to right, also various chamfered
loops; west elevation shows similar 2-light 1st-floor window, north elevation
only loops.

Interior: vaulted lobby with doorway to stair on right and hole broken through
wall on left into former prison originally accessible only via trapdoor from
painted chamber above. Main basement barrel vault partly fallen at north end.
Painted chamber, with remains of C16 mural decoration, on south at 1st floor
level, and garderobe to north-west. Mezzanine chamber on south between 1st and
2nd floors, entered only from stair.

The virtually-intact shell of a towerhouse.

W.H. Knowles, 1895, 'Cocklaw Tower', Trans Architectural and Archaeological
Society of Durham and Northumberland, IV, 309-15.

Listing NGR: NY9392671154

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