Tyne and Wear HER(1513): Newcastle town wall, White Friar Tower - Details
Title of image: White Friar Tower, Newcastle upon Tyne
Description: An etching of the White Friar Tower in 1825? The etching is based on a drawing by T.M. Richardson. The exterior of White Friar Tower is shown with the adjoining remains of the Town Walls. The banks around the tower are shored up with planks of wood. In the foreground to the right there is a stone building with a gutter around it. A ladder is leaning against the building and a girl is standing in the gutter leaning against the path.
Additional info: Print black and white
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Walls Collection
Accession number: NCL 067560
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, White Friar Tower
This tower was sited at the top of the steep slope above Close Gate, and was probably built in the first half of the 14th century. It was unique among the towers on the Newcastle wall in having an octagonal ground floor beneath a circular second storey, the two separated by "a bold moulding". In the 17th or 18th century a mullion and transom window was inserted in the west wall of the upper room. At one time the masons had their meeting hall in the upper room, the companies of bricklayers and mettors below. In 1776 the tower was leased to Isaac Cookson for 21 years, "with liberty to make a battlement and way from his summer-house to the top of the said tower". He converted it into an icehouse. The tower was demolished 1841-1843/4 by Amor Spoor for the construction of Hanover Street.
<< HER 1513 >> H. Bourne, 1736, History of Newcastle, 11 J. Brand, 1789, History of Newcastle, I, 8 & n. G.B. Richardson, 1844, Account of the Discovery...in the Western Suburbs of Pons Aelii, Archaeologia Aeliana, 1, III, 148-9 Illustration C.H.H. Blair, 1937, The Walls of Newcastle upon Tyne, illustrated by...G.B. Richardson, Archaeologia Aeliana, 4, XIV, 125, pl. xii S. Holmes, 1896, The Town Walls of Newcastle upon Tyne, Archaeologia Aeliana, 2, XVIII, 11-12 M.A. Richardson, 1841, Local Historian's Table Book, Historical Division, I, 343; V, 164, 200, 230-32, 304 Illustration, Newcastle Library Local Studies Red, 5 volume, expanded series, book no. 376052A, E.Mackenzie, 1827, View of Newcastle, Vol. 2, between pp. 108 and 117