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Austin Tower, Newcastle



Newcastle town wall, Austin Tower




Town Defences

Town Wall



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.




<< 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Historical Division, V, 121 G.B. Richardson, 19th century, The Walls of Newcastle, 193 -Newcastle University Library Unpublished MS Illustration, T.M. Richardson, 1880, Memorials of Old Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pl.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 George Bouchier Richardson, Archaeologia Aeliana, 4, XIV, 128 & pl. xix.2

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