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Longthorpe Tower House

A Grade I Listed Building in Peterborough, City of Peterborough

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Latitude: 52.5708 / 52°34'15"N

Longitude: -0.2868 / 0°17'12"W

OS Eastings: 516202

OS Northings: 298380

OS Grid: TL162983

Mapcode National: GBR GYB.SBH

Mapcode Global: WHHNJ.KMMZ

Entry Name: Longthorpe Tower House

Listing Date: 7 February 1952

Last Amended: 7 May 1973

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1162040

English Heritage Legacy ID: 49725

Location: Peterborough, PE3

County: City of Peterborough

Electoral Ward/Division: West

Built-Up Area: Peterborough

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Longthorpe St Botolph

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Listing Text

(South Side)
Longthorpe Tower House
(Formerly listed as
Tower Farmhouse)
TL 1698 12/59 7.2.52.
House consists of the original north-south wing, built in stone with a stone
slate roof by William de Thorpe circa 1263. Solar window in North wall of
2 lights, divided by a shaft and with a quatrefoil in plate tracery. East-West
wing with C17 details and modern additions to the East.
Tower added at the north-east circa 1300. Square plan with turrets on corners.
Walls 6 to 7 ft thick. Small windows of single lights with trefoiled heads on
shouldered lintels. Some early Cl7 alterations. 3 storeys the 2 lower having
quadripartite vaulting to the single room.
Wall Paintings in the Great Chamber on the lst floor discovered after the Second
World War are unique survivors of the secular decoration of the first half of
the C14. North wall has the Nativity and the Wheel of life. Below are pairs
of Apostles which continue round the room. Dado of birds and scroll.
South wall has the morality of tile 3 living and the 3 Dead. West wall has the
Labours of the Months.
For a fuller description see "Arehaeologia" Vol. XCVI pp 1-57.
"Country Life" Vol CI p 601.
"Longthorpe Tower" (Ministry of Public Building and Works). AM
Longthorpe Tower House and No 329 form a group.
Also Longthorpe Tower House forms a group with outbuildings to rear and
Dovecote to South-West.

Listing NGR: TL1620298380

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