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Whalton Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Whalton Old Rectory

In the civil parish of Whalton.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ13108136
Latitude 55.12647° Longitude -1.79592°

Whalton Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


Tower-house of late C14 or C15; kitchen wing probably C16; main block C16 or earlier largely rebuilt in early C18; north wing probably C18; bay windows and additions on north including heightening of north wing, early- mid C19. Tower-house massive rubble with megalithic quoins, later tooled to represent coursed masonry; main block south front squared stone; right return of main block, kitchen wing and ground floor north wing coursed rubble; C19 parts tooled squared stone; cut dressings, ashlar in C19 parts. Welsh slate roof on main block, Scottish slates on kitchen and north wings; rendered brick stacks. Overall L-plan.
South elevation 2 storeys, in 2 parts. Main block, 2+1+2 windows, symmetrical. Chamfered plinth, rusticated quoins. Central half-glazed door with patterned overlight, in C19 raised-and-chamfered stone surround, flanked by broad canted bays with moulded cornices and 12-pane sash windows in chamfered surrounds; 5 similar windows in C18 raised stone surrounds above. Coped gable with moulded kneelers on right; end stacks. To left is tower-house reduced in C18 to conform with facade. Traces of blocked ground floor window with sash in raised stone surround above; roof hipped to left.
3-bay left return of tower has 1st floor plate-glass sashes in C18 openings. Right return a 3-bay kitchen wing with 1st floor 4-pane sashes, and lower north wing to far right. Twin-gabled north elevation shows flush-panelled door, with 3-pane overlight, and various sash windows. Kitchen wing on left with two 12-pane sashes in C18 raised stone surrounds and coped gable with moulded kneelers; further sash windows in lower north wing.
Interior: ground floor of tower contains 2 square chambers with parallel segmental vaults divided by cross-wall with chamfered doorway; southern chamber has 4-centred fireplace and mural stair with lintels on chamfered corbels. Main block has open-well open-string stair of c.1800 with stick balusters, ramped and moulded handrail, curtail step and carved newel. Contemporary cornices with Greek key ornament and, in sitting room, rose cornice. 6-panel doors, panelled shutters. Kitchen wing has walls 1 metre + thick. (Listed Building Report)

Incorporated in the rectory at WHALTON is part of an old pele-tower, consisting of two vaulted apartments with strong arch roofs. In the inner one are the remains of a spiral staircase, which formerly led to the upper rooms and battlements.
The remains of the tower measure 6.5m x 10.5m, and the walls are about 1m thick; they are constructed of large and small roughly-shaped stones of sandstone, coused and partially bonded. The stones have been repointed, and the tower has been much restored. All the windows, 3 in the W wall, 1 in the S wall, all on the 1st storey, are modern insertions. The only opening at ground level, a doorway in the W wall, may be original. A modern slate roof is gabled N-S. The N gable-end is of original stone work, and suggests the tower to have had three storeys originally. The tower has been extended eastwards with the addition of a building of prob. late 18th century date, with a wing to the N, at the extreme E end. (PastScape)
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