Keys to the Past

Lost Tower (Alnham)

A document written in 1541 records that Thomas Collingewood, a local man, had just built a tower at Great Ryle, and that he was thinking of building a barmkin, or enclosure, to surround it. However, the precise site of the tower is unknown. There are no buildings of the right age in the modern village. Small towers were often built in this region, as a defence against raids from Scotland.

Reference number:N3207
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Alnham


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