Listed Building Grade II*
Littleharle Tower, NORTHUMBERLAND
- Medieval tower modernised and incorporated into the west end of a Victorian hall. The south front, looking over the gardens, has an early 18th century five bay, two storey centre with a later central doorway, with the three storey medieval tower projecting forward to the left and a Victorian-style tower with a two storey bay window, hiding a Georgian core, on the right.
The earlier tower retains slit windows on the ground floor, and sashes on the upper floors beneath a crenellated parapet. The walls are over 1.5m thick and the basement is stone-vaulted. The staircase is actually in the 18th century house, and proves that a medieval house adjoined the tower.
The main entrance is to the north side of the house, which was entirely remodelled in the 1860s.
- Historical Background
- The house and tower at Littleharle originally were the property of the de Harle family, and later the Fenwicks and Aynsleys. The medieval layout would have been a hall house with the tower acting as a cross-wing, and possibly another tower, or a service wing, to the east. The hall has been rebuilt a number of times, so proof of this is elusive.
- 1415 - 1541 Construction of tower and hall.
- MID 18TH CENTURY Extensions to the east end of the house.
- 1861 - 1862 Extensive remodelling to the designs of Thomas Anderson. East tower extended. North front rebuilt.
Anderson, Thomas: Architect.
- 1980 House reduced in size. Much of the 1862 work was demolished.
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Keys To The Past
- Northumberland SMR
- Pevsner, N., Richmond, I., Grundy, J., McCombie, G., Ryder, P. and Welfare, H. (2001) The Buildings of England: Northumberland. London, Penguin Books, p.378
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