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1555


Newcastle


Newcastle town wall, Austin Tower


Newcastle


NZ26SE


Defence


Town Defences


Town Wall


Medieval


C13


Demolished Building


Austin Tower was situated on the wall close to the north-east corner of the precinct of the Austin Friars. It was described as "the finest double chambered bastion extant...Both chambers were finely arched, and the newel stairs from lower to upper, and from the upper to the platform of the tower, were both in a state of perfect preservation". It was the meeting hall of the companies of millers and coopers, and then the ropers, who repaired it in 1698. Its upper room was in ruins, and the lower one in use as a stable when it was finally demolished in 1838 for the erection of the Newcastle and North Shields Railway Station. It is now under (and probably destroyed by) the Manors multi-storey car park.


2527


6425


NZ25276425



<< HER 1555 >> J. Brand, 1789, History of Newcastle, I, 16-17 & pl. M.A. Richardson, 1846, Local Historian's Table Book, Historical Division, V, 121 G.B. Richardson, 19th century, The Walls of Newcastle, 193 -Newcastle University Library Unpublished MS Illustration, T.M. Richardson, 1880, Memorials of Old Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pl. xi S. Holmes, 1896, The Town Walls of Newcastle upon Tyne, Archaeologia Aeliana, 2, XVIII, 18-19 C.H.H. Blair, 1937, The Walls of Newcastle...illustrated...by George Bouchier Richardson, Archaeologia Aeliana, 4, XIV, 128 & pl. xix.2

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