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Newcastle, City Road, Austin Friars Tower/Tower of the Manors







Extant Building

The Jesus Tower is situated on the north side of the east end of the 17th century brick-built Holy Jesus Hospital. It has been dated to the second half of the 16th century and the whole building range is located on the site of a former Augustinian Friary, the 13th-16th century Austin Friary. The tower consists of four walls standing complete to three storeys in height. It incorporates in its south wall part of the north wall of the choir of the friary church and a pointed arch window. Inside, a fine medieval effigy of a knight was found during excavations. Pevsner calls it "The Tower of the Manors" (the Manors was a freehold which belonged to the town). It is constructed of large sandstone blocks and comprises 3 storeys. The west elevation has double-chamfered 2-centred arch with drip mould; renewed door; irregular fenestration; with small square windows on each floor. The interior has a stone newel stair; the first floor south wall has a double-chamfered 2-centred-arched window with tracery removed. An exterior door of studded planks is now re-used in the ground floor, which also contains a medieval cross-slab and effigy of a knight in armour found during excavation prior to restoration. LISTED GRADE 2*




<< HER 4826 >> S. Wardle, 2000, Jesus Tower, Newcastle upon Tyne, Survey Report; Nikolaus Pevsner and Ian Richmond (second edition revised by John Grundy, Grace McCombie, Peter Ryder, Humphrey Welfare), 1992, The Buildings of England: Northumberland, p. 447; Grace McCombie, 2009, Newcastle and Gateshead - Pevsner Architectural Guide, p. 149

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