Keys to the Past

Craster Tower (Craster)

Craster Tower, Craster. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Craster Tower, Craster. Photo by Peter Ryder.

This is a country house which incorporates a medieval tower. The tower probably dates to the 14th century although it is first mentioned in documents in 1460. The tower is rectangular in plan with walls 2m thick at basement level, inside which is a barrel vault. The walls of the tower have several windows and openings but only one of these, a blocked loop, is likely to be medieval in date. A building on the east side of the tower also incorporates some old stonework and may date to the Tudor period. In 1769, what was effectively a new house, was built on the south side of the tower and the upper parts of the tower were probably altered at the same time. This is a Grade II* Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N5668
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Craster

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