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Belton House, Park, Bellmount Tower
Belton House, Park, Bellmount Tower
Belton House, Park, Bellmount Tower

Viewing tower built by Viscount Tyrconnel c1751. Visual termination to the eastern avenue leading from Belton House.

DB 4 December 2017

Belton Kesteven, Belton House, Bellmount Tower
Belton House, Park, Bellmount Tower
Belton House, Park, Bellmount Tower
Belton House, Park, Bellmount Tower

Viewing tower built by Viscount Tyrconnel c1751. Visual termination to the eastern avenue leading from Belton House.

Inscription on this side of the tower reads "BELLMOUNT 1750". 

DB 4 December 2017

Belton Kesteven, Belton House, Bellmount Tower
Boston, Hussey Tower
Boston, Hussey Tower
Boston, Hussey Tower

The Hussey Tower, close to the centre of Boston (TF 331436), is one of the earliest brick buildings in Lincolnshire (c1460).

It was built by Richard Benyngton JP as part of a larger domestic complex.

Among the surviving architectural features of interest are a brick vaulted ceiling and an octagonal stair turret.

It is in the care of the Heritage Trust for Lincolnshire on behalf of the owners, Boston Borough Council.

Postcard, c1910
Boston, tower, benyngton,
Carlton Scroop, Repeater Station
Carlton Scroop, Repeater Station
Carlton Scroop, Repeater Station

"BT Archives has a reference to the foundations being excavated in October 1965"

http://www.dgsys.co.uk/btmicrowave/sites/150.php 

"part of a cold war emergency microwave communications system, 'Backbone'"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlton_Scroop 

Tower is still in active use.

DB 16 April 2018

Carlton Scroop, Repeater Station, microwave, Backbone, Cold War, BT, Tower
Castle Bytham, Castle
Castle Bytham, Castle
Castle Bytham, Castle

These earthworks are thought to be the remains of the Norman Castle which took advantage of a naturally defensive site which was improved by the building of ditches and a Motte and Bailey.

Further developments including an outer Bailey have made this site complex and difficult to interpret.

Castle Bytham, norman,
Dunston, Dunston Pillar
Dunston, Dunston Pillar
Dunston, Dunston Pillar

Stands beside the A15 Sleaford Road near the junction with B1178 Tower Lane. 

Built by Sir Frances Dashwood 1751 as a land lighthouse to improve the safety of travellers. 

Originally 92 feet high.

The lantern on the top was destroyed in a storm 1808 and replaced 1810 by an oversize Coade stone statue of George III (sculptor Joseph Panzetta) to celebrate 50 years of the King's reign.

Statue removed and tower reduced in height 1940 to prevent any danger to low flying aircraft using RAF Coleby Grange.

Surviving bust of George III now displayed in the grounds of Lincoln Castle. 

DB 5 April 2018

Dunston, Pillar, Land Lighthouse, Sir Francis Dashwood, Coade Stone, George III, Joseph Panzetta
Lincoln Castle
Lincoln Castle
Lincoln Castle

The Norman Castle at Lincoln was built by William the Conqueror in the late-eleventh century on the site of a Roman structure.

It is owned by Lincolnshire County Council and is used for outdoor concerts and the annual Christmas Market.

Undated postcard

Buildings,
Old Bolingbroke, Castle
Old Bolingbroke, Castle
Old Bolingbroke, Castle

Bolingbroke Castle was built in the early 13th century to a hexagonal plan, with five towers and a gatehouse.

The future King Henry IV was born here in 1366. Besieged and taken by Parliamentary forces in 1643, the towers and walls were later largely demolished, preventing further use of the castle.

This view across the moat from the SW shows the remains of two of the towers, and in the distance Old Bolingbroke church.


Frank Robinson, 2011

Old Bolingbroke, castle, Henry IV, English Heritage,
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle

This quadrangular castle with circular towers at the corners was built in 1281 by Antony Bek, Bishop of Durham. King John of France was imprisoned in the castle in 1359-60.

Parts of three towers remain. An Elizabethan wing was added to the SE tower.

Boothby Graffoe,
South Kyme, Kyme Tower
South Kyme, Kyme Tower
South Kyme, Kyme Tower

Mid C14 fortified tower house built for Sir Gilbert de Umfraville. The attached house was demolished between 1720 and 1725.

DB 18 September 2011

South Kyme, Tower, Sir Gilbert de Umfraville
Tattershall Castle
Tattershall Castle
Tattershall Castle

An illustration of Tattershall Castle in romantic style at about the time of its restoration by Lord Curzon of Kedleston in 1911.

The huge red brick keep, 110 ft high, was part of an extensive castle built by Ralph Lord Cromwell in c1435.

The upper parts of the building were designed for defence - contrary to most great houses of the day, but possibly reflecting Cromwell's great power and unpopularity (Pevsner).

Postcard, c1910

Tattershall,
Torksey, Castle
Torksey, Castle
Torksey, Castle

Torksey Castle was built in the middle of the sixteenth century by the wealthy Jermyn family of Suffolk, possibly as a convenient resting place on the road to York.

In August 1645 during the English Civil War it was almost totally destroyed by Parliamentarians.

The west front and part of the kitchen range are all that remain of this once impressive country house.
 

Torksey, Castle, Jermyn
Welbourn, Castle Hill Ringwork
Welbourn, Castle Hill Ringwork
Welbourn, Castle Hill Ringwork

Welbourn Castle survives only in the form of earthworks. The Historic England listing states :-

"The ringwork is roughly D-shaped in plan and is enclosed by a bank and external ditch.

The central area measures approximately 60m in width and lies at about the same level as the surrounding ground.

The interior formerly accommodated the buildings referred to in a document of 1288, including a hall with two chambers, a kitchen, brewhouse, oxhouse, cowshed and sheep fold.

The document also indicates that there was a wall, surmounted by a tower, and a ditch around the court"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1020436

DB 26 March 2018 

Welbourn, Castle Hill ringwork
Woodhall Spa, Tower On The Moor
Woodhall Spa, Tower On The Moor
Woodhall Spa, Tower On The Moor

The tower was probably built in the mid-15th century as a hunting lodge for Ralph Lord Cromwell whose castle was located 4 miles to the south at Tattershall.

 

Only this octagonal stair turret remains. Built largely of brick laid in English bond.

 

DB 28 December 2017

Woodhall Spa, Tower On The Moor, Ralph Lord Cromwell, Hunting Lodge