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Arnside Tower


Arnside Tower is a late-medieval tower house located about half a mile south of the village of Arnside and a similar distance north-east of the hamlet of Far Arnside. It was built in the mid 15th century, in the period when the region was frequently under threat of attack from Border Reivers and hostilities between England and Scotland. Arnside Tower is a Scheduled Monument and Grade II* listed building.

Arnside Tower is a late-medieval tower house (or Pele tower) between Arnside and Silverdale immediately to the south of Arnside Knott in Cumbria, England.

History

Arnside Tower was built in the second half of the 15th century. Tower houses were built throughout the border regions of northern England and southern Scotland because of the threat posed by Border Reivers. Constructed of limestone rubble, the tower was originally five storeys high, measuring 50 feet by 34 feet. The tower was built with an adjacent wing of equal height built onto the side of the tower in a style common in Scotland, but rare in English tower houses. Historian Anthony Emery suggests that the design may have been influenced by that at Ashby de la Zouch Castle, rebuilt in 1464 by Lord Hastings. The tower suffered a serious fire in 1602 but after repairs remained in use; the historian Anthony Emery states that the tower was in use until the end of the 17th century, but the historian Roy Palmer states that William Coward and his sister Agnes Wheeler lived there at the end of the 18th century.

One of the walls of the tower collapsed around 1900, and as of 2014, English Heritage considered the condition of the castle to be very bad and urgent works are required. Arnside Tower is a Scheduled Monument and Grade II* listed building.

Tourism

The tower is in private ownership and is in a ruinous state. The local tourist board recommends that good views of the tower can be made from the public footpath which runs alongside.

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Arnside Tower - the northern angle

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Arnside Tower from the south west

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Arnside Tower from the north west

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Arnside Pele Tower

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ARNSIDE TOWER - List Entry
- "Fortified Tower House. Probably C15. Burnt 1602, repaired probably mid C17, dismantled late C17. Massive limestone rubble walls with roughly dressed stone details. Staircase tower of rectangular plan and projecting ...

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