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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Burradon Tower Burradon Tyne and Wear


Burradon Tower, Burradon, Tyne and Wear.

Burradon Tower is the ruins of a three story tower house, it is 7.5 metres or around 25 feet tall, not big enough to be called a castle.  It is surrounded by tall sycamore trees which gives the house a gloomy feel, this tower had three floors each with a single chamber room. The earliest documented mention of this building (also sometimes called a pele tower) is 1569, no firm construction date is known.  
There is also evidence of a tunnel leading from the house, although it's destination is unknown as much of it has collapsed.
These types of buildings were fairly commonplace as protection against attacks from the Scots and as a form of defence due to the general lawlessness of the time, particularly between the 13th to 17th centuries.

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