Little Harle Tower

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Little Harle Tower
Little Harle Tower is located in Northumberland
Little Harle Tower
Little Harle Tower
Little Harle Tower shown within Northumberland
OS grid reference NY995845
Coordinates 55°09′18″N 2°00′32″W / 55.155°N 2.009°W / 55.155; -2.009Coordinates: 55°09′18″N 2°00′32″W / 55.155°N 2.009°W / 55.155; -2.009
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Little Harle Tower is a privately owned country house with 15th-century origins, at Little Harle, Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland. It is a Grade II* listed building.[1][2]

History[edit]

The property, believed to have been built in the late 15th century as a pele tower, was first recorded in a survey of 1541.[2]

Until 1552 it was the property of the Fenwick family, from whom it passed to the Aynsleys.[3] During the early years of the 19th century Harle Tower was inhabited by Lord Charles Murray-Aynsley and his wife Alicia, née Mitford. In about 1848 it was purchased by Thomas Anderson of Newcastle (High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1843),[4] and his descendants remain in residence.

The house incorporates a three-storey tower of medieval origins. The central two-storey block of five bays dates from the early 18th century.[5] Substantial additions were made in the Gothic Revival style in about 1862, but much of the 19th-century work has not survived a remodelling of the property in 1980.[6]

In 2005 the east wing was occupied by the Turnbulls and in 2010 by the Rogers family. As of 2013, it was the home of the Anderson family.[7]

The 19th-century stable block is also a separately listed Grade II* building.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Name: LITTLE HARLE TOWER List entry Number: 1370497". Historic England. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Keys to the Past Archived 2011-05-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 1 John Burke (1835) p 588
  4. ^ A Topographical Dictionary Of England (1848) from British History Online
  5. ^ Images of England, Tower
  6. ^ Structures of the North East Archived 2005-11-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Anderson Blackett engagement". Peerage News. 
  8. ^ "Name: STABLE CIRCA 60 YARDS WEST OF LITTLE HARLE TOWER List entry Number: 1044911". Historic England. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Images of England, Stable block