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Alnham Tower House (Alnham)

Alnham Tower, Alnham. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Alnham Tower, Alnham. Photo by Peter Ryder.

This stone tower lies just to he west of the church. It is 11.7m by 8.8m and is built of good quality stone. It has thick walls (1.7 to 2.1m) clearly designed for defence. Like most similar houses the ground floor has a barrel shaped stone vault, and may have been used as a storage area. There is no obvious access between the ground floor and the first floor. Access to the upper storey may have been through an external ladder or staircase. The structure was probably built in the late 14th century, as it is first mentioned in documents of the early 15th century. It was called a little tower in 1541, but was noted as being ruined by the 17th century. It was believed to belong to the church and was called the Vicar's Pele. Sometime between 1821 and 1844 the building was restored, and a house attached to its east side. At this point, the battlements on the top of the structure were built and replacement windows added. It is now a private house. This is a Grade II* listed building protected by law.

Reference number:N1337
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building

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Local History of Alnham

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