Hetton Hall, Chatton

Has been described as a Certain Pele Tower

There are major building remains

NameHetton Hall, Chatton
Alternative NamesHeton; Heaton; Heddon
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishChatton

House. C15 tower-house with C18 and Cl9 additions. Dressed stone and rubble. Rendered facade. Welsh slate roof. Tower-house at centre with wings left, right and rear. Tower, 3 storeys, has from 1st floor up a semicircular spiral stair projection on large semicircular corbel with ovolo mouldings. At top the projection is corbelled-out to receive a square turret which has gone. Left return at parapet level has rounded corbels. The parapet has gone and the roof was rebuilt possibly in the C16. Gables have splayed coping and a small window with moulded C16 surround. 12-pane sashes, 2 to each floor. Smaller 12-pane sash in stair projection. C18 or early C19 service and farm wing to left. 12-pane sashes between C19 buttresses; round-arched doorway to rear and segmental carriage entry. Apparently C19 range to right of tower has Victorian mullioned windows on right return but earlier sashes on front. Staircase projection to rear of tower has C19 windows in older masonry and some blocked windows. Mid C19 wing to rear. Victorian porch.

Inside the tower is intact. Walls c.6 feet thick. To right of tower, first a passage, then another wall of similar thickness. This contains a massive blocked chimney facing room beyond. In roof space of this range is early masonry. All doors to tower and older wing are 6-panelled and all windows have internal shutters. Doors in rear of house later C19. On Tower 2nd floor an early C18 fireplace with bolection moulding, and in roof space, a fireplace with chamfered jambs and Tudor-arched lintel. Stone stairs gone but newel post remains. Early Cl9 staircases now in front and rear projections. Tunnel-vaulted ground floor remains in part (visible from garage). (Listed Building Report)

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This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNU040334
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