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Norton Tower
SD 976-570 Yorkshire England

Norton TowerNorton Tower could originally have been a simple gamekeepers lodge, given the rabbit warrens in the locality. In the 16th century, Richard Norton, of Rylstone Hall founded a fortified stone watch tower or hunting lodge on the site. The tower stands against a natural ridge and is defended on the east side by the remains of a ditch and a stone wall. In the remaining walls of the square tower, are a spiral stair, a fireplace and on the south wall, a drawbar slot defended by a fore building, which locates the original entrance. Sadly the tower was slighted in 1569, after the involvement of Richard Norton and his nine sons, in the Rising of the North. 4 miles south is Skipton Castle and 10 miles west is Hellifield Peel.

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Norton Tower is located south of Rylstone, off the B6265. 4 miles north of Skipton, on the B6265.

The site is freely accessible in daylight hours.

Car parking is by the side of the road.

Click here for tower pictures Norton Tower Picture 1Norton Tower Picture 2Norton Tower Picture 3 and a castle map of the area Castle Map of the Area

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