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West Spital Tower

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West Spital Tower was part of the Town Wall of Newcastle built in the 13th century. It was demolished with the building of the railway and Central Station; it was located near to where the east side of the station is today. 

In 1827 Eneas Mackenzie wrote: "West Spital Tower derived its name from St. Mary's hospital, otherwise called "West Spital," which stands very near it, and was probably built by the master and brethren of that establishment for their security and defence. It is certain that they obtained a patent, in 1290, for making hereabouts a postern gate in the town-wall. This now forms part of a genteel dwelling-house, and its circular walls may still be seen in a good state of preservation." This was demolished in the 1840s and the site is now beneath the eastern half of the Central Station.

Newcastle Town Walls Demolished
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003795:West Spital Tower Newcastle upon Tyne T.M. Richardson 1825?

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Tyne and Wear HER(11956): Newcastle, town wall, West Spital Tower, parapet figure
- "A mutilated example of a parapet figure from the town walls found reused in the town walls at [West] Spital during the demolition...."

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Descriptive and Historical Account of the Town and County of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Eneas Mackenzie, 1827
- Historical Account of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Including the Borough of Gateshead. Free content digitised by double rekeying.

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West Spital Tower, Newcastle (Jan. 1846).

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Tyne & Wear HER: 1518
Borough: Newcastle
Grid ref: NZ24726385


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