Tower Cottage, Bedlington
27 Jul 2023
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Towers Close, Bedlington
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Building is now divided into two houses. Grade II Listed building.
Tower Cottage is a late 18th Century dwelling once thought to be an observatory then a school. The actual provenance of this building is hard to locate, and not much history of the building exists. According to Bedlington Council, the dwelling was built by a curate, an assistant to the parish priest, to fulfill his passion of learning and intrigue.
The building in the 1910 was extended and divided into what it is now. I have tried to find more information on its existence as a school but have fallen short due to it not appearing on records nor in any documents.
The building is listed, and Heritage England states below, advising the features and architecture of the building:
Listing Description (if available)
Above is the village of Bedlington in 1898. As we can see the main bulk of the village is the one high street, featuring its magnificent churches and public houses. Tower Cottage lies alone on a lane leading down to Hartford Wood, with a small footpath leading to a pond on its north side.
As already noted it is believed the house was built by a parish assistant, and may be reasonably accurate thanks to the copious amount of places of worship this small village had at this point.
The building is
The building at this point is unlabelled due to the housing sprawl surrounding it, but is still the centrepiece of its surroundings.
Though Bedlington at this point is a bustling industrial town, the area still maintains a village feel thanks to its quaint high street and lush green areas. Church Lane is no exception bordering the countryside and farmland to its south.