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Lendal Tower

A Grade I Listed Building in Guildhall, York

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Latitude: 53.9603 / 53°57'36"N

Longitude: -1.0872 / 1°5'13"W

OS Eastings: 459991

OS Northings: 451959

OS Grid: SE599519

Mapcode National: GBR NQVN.F3

Mapcode Global: WHFC3.8QKC

Plus Code: 9C5WXW67+44

Entry Name: Lendal Tower

Listing Date: 14 June 1954

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1257086

English Heritage Legacy ID: 464253

Location: Guildhall, York, YO1

County: York

Electoral Ward/Division: Guildhall

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: York

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: York St Michael-le-Belfrey

Church of England Diocese: York

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1112-1/15/792 (North West side)
14/06/54 Lendal Tower


Defensive tower converted for use as water tower, now used as
offices. c1300; heightened 1616, strengthened and extended
c1677; altered for offices c1846; refitted 1932. Magnesian
limestone, much re-used and including carved fragments of
canopy, finial and other mouldings from the ruins of St Mary's
Abbey (qqv): roof not visible but said to be of copper.
EXTERIOR: 3-stage circular tower with extruded circular stair
tower, on chamfered plinth; 3-storey extension. All parts are
embattled. Tower entered through Lendal Hill House (qv):
unused C19 shouldered doorway with panelled double doors
survives in extension. Blocked slit lights are visible on
ground floor of both towers: 1- and 2-light windows elsewhere
in chamfered openings with chamfered mullions.
INTERIOR: not inspected. RCHM record brick partition wall on
the lower storeys retaining evidence of engine housings;
wooden spiral staircase in stair tower; rooms on first and
second floors fitted with panelling.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the tower was leased to the Waterworks
Company by the York Corporation in 1677 for 500 years in
return for a peppercorn rent, still paid annually by the
Company in 1994.
(An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York:
RCHME: The Defences: HMSO: 1972-: 108).

Listing NGR: SE5999151959

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