Tyne and Wear HER(139): Benwell tower - Details
Title of image: Benwell Tower, Benwell Lane, Benwell
Artist: Knowles, W.H.
Description: A copy of an 1831 drawing of Benwell Tower, Benwell Lane, Benwell. The drawing shows the ruined Benwell Tower. It was built on the site of Benwell Tower, designed by John Dobson in 1831. W.H. Knowles from a coloured drawing by J.W. Carmichael dated 1831.
Additional info: Reprographic copy
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Buildings Collection
Accession number: NCL 015424a
Provider: Newcastle City Library
Copyright: All rights reserved, if you would like a printed copy of this image please contact Newcastle Libraries.
The earliest reference to a tower is in documents from 1538-39 where it is contained in a list of property lately belonging to the priors of Tynemouth. Both then and in the 1608 Survey of Crown Property it is described as the manor house. It has been suggested that "a gabled residence with projecting chimney stacks" was added to the south-west angle of the tower in the late medieval period, and that then, or earlier, the whole was enclosed by a courtyard. Antiquarian drawings show a plain oblong tower three storeys high with a crenellated papapet, but no medieval windows are visible. In the mid 18th century the house was largely rebuilt, but the house and tower were demolished in 1831, and replaced by the present Benwell Tower.
<< HER 139 >> H. Bourne, 1736, History of Newcastle p. 113 J. Brand, 1789, History of Newcastle, I, p. 111 note s. W.H. Knowles, 1922, Benwell Tower, Newcastle, Archaeologia Aeliana, 3, XIX, pp. 88-98 M.H. Dodds,1930, Northumberland County History, XIII, pp. 215, 227-230 W.S. Gibson, 1846, The History of the Monastery of Tynemouth, I, p. 225; Archaeological Research Services, 2010, The Mitre, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne - Archaeological Assessment and Building Recording