Keys to the Past

Thornton Tower (Newbrough and Fourstones)

Ruins of Thornton Tower, Newbrough. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Ruins of Thornton Tower, Newbrough. Photo by Peter Ryder.

The earliest record of Thornton Tower is a survey of defences made in 1541 and at that time it was already in some state of decay. The medieval tower house was probably built in the 15th or early 16th century and is now a ruin situated in the corner of a group of 19th century farm buildings. The walls stand between 2.5m and 4.5m high. Inside the tower, the ground is raised about 2m above the surrounding ground level and the original fabric of the tower basement may be fairly complete. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N7600
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER

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Source of Reference
Local History of Newbrough and Fourstones

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