Longtown – Brackenhill Tower

 
Location Longtown
Grid Ref NY 445695

 

Brackenhill.
 
Brackenhill Tower is a fortified Border tower house, that was built in 1584 for the Graham family. It replaced an earlier tower which may have dated to the 13th century or earlier. It is constructed from large blocks of red sandstone rubble.

 

The Tower is of national significance both architecturally and historically, in that the buildings have remained largely unaltered for 300 years, from the erection of the defensive power at the height of the Reiving activity in 1586, to the building of the hunting lodge in the 1800’s.

 

Its significance has been recognised by English Heritage, which has classified it as being a ‘building at risk’ from disrepair. The site is Grade 2* listed.

 

In 2003 the tower featured in the BBC program ‘Restoration’, in which it was a candidate for prize money to help restore the building. See links below for more details.

 

Brackenhill.

 

Aerial photos by Simon Ledingham. These photos were taken before the restoration to self catering accommodation.

 

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