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Gainford Tower

In the civil parish of Gainford.
In the historic county of Durham.
Modern Authority of Durham.
1974 county of County Durham.
Medieval County of County Palatinate of Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ16821685
Latitude 54.54663° Longitude -1.74149°

Gainford Tower has been described as a probable Tower House.

There are no visible remains.


Bishop Beck (1283-1310) built a tower at Gainford. It may have been the same building as Gainford Hall. (Keys to the Past)

"Bishop Bek (1283-1310) erected a tower at Gainford (NZ 1716), but all traces of this have disappeared, not even its site being known". (PastScape ref PSA, 1907)

In Grey's Notes it is remarked that Gainford castle was built by Bishop Beck; but there are no remains, or even tradition of a castle here, though it is probable there was some fortress, where the powers and privileges of the honour were maintained. (Mackenzie and Ross - direct from Hutchinson)

Gainford Hall stands at the west end of the village; it is supposed to occupy the site of the ancient manor house (Whellan)

Bishop Bek was a great builder so a tower house may have been built. Unfortunately the antiquarian historians don't give a confirmable primary source. The tenurial history of Gainforth is suggestive of a significant manor. It is said to have been siezed by Edward I from Bishop Bek and given to Guy Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick as part of the honour of Castle Barnard.
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