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Morton Tower belonging to the Earl of Carlisle

Morton Tower belonging to the Earl of Carlisle

Artist: Buck, Samuel

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1744

Shelfmark: Lansdowne MS 914

Item number: f244

Length: 15.5

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Sketch of Mortham Tower, near Rokeby on the border between County Durham and North Yorkshire. Known as a Pele or Peel tower, that is a fortified tower house, it is square with a heavy parapet. It is part of an earlier courtyard house which may date from the 14th century. It was built some time in the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509) by the Rokeby family who had inherited the adjoining estate of Mortham. Their coat of arms, three rooks are on an outer wall. Sir Walter Scott, speaking of this pele, says, "The battlements of the tower itself are singularly elegant, the architect having broken them at regular intervals into different heights; while those at the corners of the tower project into octagonal turrets."

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