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Thistlewood Tower

A Grade I Listed Building in Castle Sowerby, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.784 / 54°47'2"N

Longitude: -2.9399 / 2°56'23"W

OS Eastings: 339650

OS Northings: 543632

OS Grid: NY396436

Mapcode National: GBR 7FX3.9W

Mapcode Global: WH80N.T07W

Plus Code: 9C6VQ3M6+H2

Entry Name: Thistlewood Tower

Listing Date: 24 October 1986

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1326687

English Heritage Legacy ID: 73730

Location: Castle Sowerby, Eden, Cumbria, CA5

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Castle Sowerby

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Raughton Head All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 14/11/2019

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Thistlewood Tower

(Formerly listed as Thistlewood Farmhouse, HIGHBRIDGE)


Fortified tower and extension. Probably early C15 with C16 alterations and late C17 extension. Tower has thick red sandstone rubble walls with flush quoins, now under gabled red sandstone slate roof with small banded red sandstone chimney stacks. Extension of dark-pink coursed sandstone rubble walls with flush cream sandstone quoins and eaves cornice, on chamfered plinth. Welsh slate roof with bottom courses of sandstone slate; banded red sandstone chimney stacks. Rectangular tower of two storeys over basement, with lower two-storey, four-bay extension. Tower has basement loops; the other small original windows at various levels have been blocked and replaced by two- and three-light late C16 stone-mullioned windows under hoodmoulds. Extension has central C20 door in chamfered C17 surround under drip mould. Two-light stone-mullioned windows under drip moulds.

Interior of the tower is thought to be of some interest but unable to gain access at the time of survey. Small single-storey additions to tower are not of interest.

Listing NGR: NY3965043632

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