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Longthorpe Tower

Introduction

Features of Longthorpe Tower include a lawn bordered by conifers and shrubs, an orchard and a pigeon house.

The Tower is square in plan with turrets on the corners and its walls are six to seven feet thick. Wall paintings in the Great Chamber on the first floor were discovered after the Second World War. There is a garden to the south of the Tower which comprises a lawn bordered by conifers and shrubs of recent planting. Before the encroachment of recent development there was a rectangular stone pigeon house to the south-west of the Tower, and early sketches indicate an orchard with clipped shrubs.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

The opening times and admission prices vary. Please visit the website for more information.

Owners

English Heritage

History

A tower was added around 1300 at the north-east corner of an already existing house built by William de Thorpe in 1263.

Features & Designations

Features

  • Orchard
  • Pigeon Loft
  • Lawn
  • House (featured building)
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  • Latest Date:
Key Information

Type

Garden

Purpose

Ornamental Garden

Principal Building

House

Survival

Extant

Open to the public

Yes

References

Contributors

  • Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust