NU1433 : Outchester or Spindlestone Ducket

taken 9 years ago, near to Spindlestone, Northumberland, England

Outchester or Spindlestone Ducket
Outchester or Spindlestone Ducket
Known locally as 'The Ducket', the building is a 65 foot high, tapering tower standing four storeys high and was Grade II Listed in 1969. It is shown on the OS map as a windmill and may have been used as a navigation marker, although situated at some distance from the sea. Some sources consider that it was most likely built in the C18th as a pigeon dovecote, providing a source of meat, eggs and manure. 'Ducket' is clearly a corruption of dovecote.

Structural Images of the North East (SINE) alternatively considers that the evidence for the structure's use as a dovecote is weak to non-existent and describes it as the windmill tower of a wind-powered threshing mill, built c1815. If so it is one of only two such towers associated with threshing which survive in Northumberland, the other at Chollerton NY9372 : Chollerton.

With the approval of English Heritage, planning permission was obtained in 2007 to convert the tower into self-catering holiday accommodation with bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and upper viewing gallery.

The tower stands within a medieval moated site. Outchester Farm, shown on maps that pre-date the Ordnance Survey to the east of the tower, was relocated 600m to the west.

Medieval moated site and 18th century dovecote, 600m east of Outchester: LinkExternal link

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Andrew Curtis   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 12 December, 2014   (more nearby)
Friday, 12 December, 2014
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 1468 3346 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:35.6730N 1:46.1173W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 1463 3328
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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