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Overgrass Tower House (Newton-on-the-Moor and Swarland)

Ruins of Overgrass Tower, Newton-on-the-Moor and Swarland. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Ruins of Overgrass Tower, Newton-on-the-Moor and Swarland. Photo by Peter Ryder.

The basement vault at Overgrass Tower, Newton-on-the-Moor and Swarland. Photo by Peter Ryder.
The basement vault at Overgrass Tower, Newton-on-the-Moor and Swarland. Photo by Peter Ryder.

This is the site of late medieval tower house. It was probably built in the 16th century. The ruins stand in a valley bottom on the east side of Swarland Burn. It is built of large sandstone blocks. The basement has a large stone vault. A second building stands next to it, and is probably built from stones taken from the ruins of the tower. It is a Scheduled Monument and a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N4293
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
UNCERTAIN
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):DESK BASED ASSESSMENT, Overgrass Tower, historical analysis 2012; Alan Williams Archaeology
WATCHING BRIEF, Overgrass Tower 2014; Alan Williams Archaeology

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Source of Reference
Local History of Newton-on-the-Moor and Swarland


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