Heiferlaw Tower | Heiferlaw tower house, 230m north east of Holywell

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DENWICK B 6341 NU 11 NE (West side, off) 6/40 Heiferlaw Tower 31.12.69 I Lookout tower for Alnwick Abbey, dateable to 1470-89 from heraldry. Large squared stone; roofless. Rectangular 3-storey tower 8.76 x 7.4 metres externally. South elevation shows ground floor loop re-cut to Gothick quatrefoil, blocked square-headed 2-light window above (mullion missing) under panel with Alnwick Abbey and Percy arms, and 2nd-floor loop. Left return shows moulded 2-centred-arched doorway and 1st floor loop; right return shows loops to lower floors with similar heraldic panel and trefoil- headed niche above. 1st and 2nd floor loops to rear. Interior: lst-floor fireplace with corbelled lintel;sockets for lst-floor beams and corbels for 2nd floor. The Percy arms have a pair of fetterlocks (handcuffs) within the usual crescent, a form used by the 4th Earl of Northumberland, who also built the towerhouse at Hulne Friary. Hugill, R. 'Borderland Castles and Peles', p. 112.


Heiferlaw tower house, 230m north east of Holywell

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