Fenwick Tower (Northumberland)

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Fenwick Tower
Fenwick Tower (Northumberland) is located in Northumberland
Fenwick Tower (Northumberland)
Location in Northumberland
General information
LocationNorthumberland, England, UK
Coordinates55°02′24″N 1°57′11″W / 55.040°N 1.953°W / 55.040; -1.953Coordinates: 55°02′24″N 1°57′11″W / 55.040°N 1.953°W / 55.040; -1.953
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Fenwick Tower was a 12th-century tower house at Matfen, Northumberland, England.

The house was the home of the Fenwick family from the 12th century until they moved to Wallington in the 16th century.[1]

In 1378 John Fenwick was granted a licence to crenelate the house.[2] The tower was largely demolished in about 1775 at which time a hoard of medieval gold coins was discovered.[3]

The sparse remains of the tower are now incorporated into a 17th-century farmhouse and are protected by Grade II listed building status[3]

Feb 15th 2010 Human remains were found buried next to a cottage in the hamlet of Fenwick towers. Experts were attempting to calculate the age of the remains by using radio carbon dating. Investigators have said the find could be historical.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland and Scotland (1844) pp. 194-6 Google Books
  2. ^ Gatehouse Gazetteer
  3. ^ a b Keys to the Past