Tyne and Wear HER(1547): Newcastle town wall, Ficket Tower - Details
Title of image: Ficket Tower, Newcastle upon Tyne
Artist: Richardson T.M.
Description: A copy of an 1825 etching of Ficket Tower. The etching is based on a drawing by T.M. Richardson. A ramshackle house has been built onto the remains of Ficket Tower. To the left of the house a woman is hanging out her washing. There are buildings to the side of Ficket Tower and a wall behind. The spire of St Nicholas Cathedral is in the background.
Additional info: Etching
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Walls Collection
Accession number: NCL 003779
Provider: Newcastle City Library
Copyright: All rights reserved, if you would like a printed copy of this image please contact Newcastle Libraries.
Newcastle town wall, Ficket Tower
An antiquarian account describes this as "the most eastern of the single-chambered bastions", i. e. it presumably closely resembled the towers on the west part of the town wall. In the only known illustration it appears very delapidated, with its north (external) front much obscured by a strange little house. It was for a time occupied by a nailor called Bates, and was finally demolished in 1824 or 1825 to make way for St. James' Chapel in Blackett Street.
<< HER 1547 >> J. Brand, 1789, History of Newcastle, I, 15 M.A. Richardson, 1843, Local Historian's Table Book, Historical Division, III, 333 G.B. Richardson, 19th century, The Walls of Newcastle, 173 -Newcastle University Library Unpublished MS Illustration, T.M. Richardson, 1880, Memorials of Old Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pl. xxviii S. Holmes, 1896, The Town Walls of Newcastle upon Tyne, Archaeologia Aeliana, 2, XVIII, 17