Keys to the Past

Cocklaw Tower (Wall)

Cocklaw Tower, Wall. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Cocklaw Tower, Wall. Photo by Peter Ryder.

Cocklaw Tower is one of the better-preserved fortified medieval towers in Northumberland. Although, there is now no visible evidence of other medieval buildings around the tower, there are records of a chapel nearby. This suggests that the tower was just one building of a group of structures associated with the manor. The tower itself probably dates to the late 14th or 15th century. The main accommodation would have been on the second floor. This room contains painted decorations of the 16th century date. This is a Grade I Listed Building and a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N9298
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1966; R W Emsley
PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER
FIELD OBSERVATION, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER
PHOTOGRAMMETRIC SURVEY, Cocklaw Tower, painted chamber 2019; Historic England
DESK BASED ASSESSMENT, Cocklaw Tower wall paintings 2020; Andrea Kirkham Conservation Ltd

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Wall

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