Crickhowell Tower

Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower, and also as a Questionable Urban Defence

There are masonry footings remains

NameCrickhowell Tower
Alternative NamesThe Ivy Tower
Historic CountryBrecknockshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys
CommunityCrickhowell

Supposed medieval tower adjoining multiperiod house. Probably a post medieval folly though may incorporate, overlie or possibly reuse material from an earlier structure. Probably not related to Alisby's Castle. Subject of emergency survey (RCAM 1984) after apparent medieval features discovered during restoration of PAR 5367A. (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

A round or semi-circular stone tower, with gothic openings. Once thought to be an outlying castle gatetower (see NPRN 92110) and more recently identified as a late eighteenth-early nineteenth century picturesque folly associated with Ivy Tower House (NPRN 25291). The 'Warden's Cottage' (NPRN 16395), given a gothic makeover at the same time, can be regarded as part of the same composition. Both the house and Tower Lane are named for it. Sources: OS Record Card SO 21 NW 5 CADW Listed Buildings Database (7265). (Coflein)

Beside the road, in front of the Wardens Cottage and L-plan range. Remains of a C14 tower formerly part of an outer gateway to Crickhowell Castle; considerable late C18/early C19 Picturesque alterations to a folly. Rounded right-hand rubble tower survives to a height of 2-storeys, later crenellated parapet with plain copings. Variuos openings including one medieval window facing the road with semicircular head over paired cusped lights. Crenellated wall adjoins to left with similar window and boarded door; low remains of left hand gate tower now forms garden wall to Warden's cottage. Small section of contemporary rubble wall with jamb stone beyond the right hand tower. (Listed Building Report)

Gatehouse Comments

A very doubtful feature but the foundations might just be part of the possible town defences of Crickhowell or a small defended tower.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

Historic Wales CADW listed database record number
The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO217183
Latitude51.8581695556641
Longitude-3.13699007034302
Eastings321700
Northings218300
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Books

  • 1983, Crickhowell heritage : historical notes of Crickhowell and District (Crickhowell and District Civic Society) Vol. 1 p. 15
  • Haslam, R.., 1979, Buildings of Wales: Powys (Yale University Press) p. 313

Other

  • Hurley, L.F., 1985 April, The Past and Future of Tower Street, Crickhowell (unidentified source given in listing report)