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Elsdon Tower (Elsdon)

Elsdon Tower dates back to the 14th or 15th century and stands in a strategic position at the entrance to the valley of the Elsdon Burn and commands the valley of the Whiskershiel Burn. The tower house was probably built for the Rector of Elsdon and remained a rector's home until about 1960. The tower has been altered in the post-medieval period. It was originally four storeys high, but in the 17th century the upper three floors were converted into two and decorated in the style of that period. In the basement the original barrel vault survives although it has had windows cut into each end. The walls are extremely thick, with side walls measuring 2.7m thick at ground level and the end walls 1.8m thick. This is a Grade I Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N9742
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
Event(s):BUILDING SURVEY, Elsdon Tower 1995; RCHME
WATCHING BRIEF, Elsdon Tower, Northumberland: an historical and structural analysis, August 1994; Elsdon Tower archaeological recording interim report, June 1995 1995; P Ryder

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Source of Reference
Local History of Elsdon

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