SP2032 : Moreton-in-Marsh: The Curfew Tower (2)

taken 6 years ago, near to Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Moreton-in-Marsh: The Curfew Tower (2)
Moreton-in-Marsh: The Curfew Tower (2)
The Curfew Tower is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and the English Heritage website describes it thus:-

"The monument includes a 16th century bell tower, known as the Curfew Tower, situated on the east side of the High Street on the corner of Oxford Street in the centre of Moreton-in-Marsh. Listed at Grade II, the Curfew Tower comprises a stone structure with a stone slate roof and gabled turret and may be the oldest public building in the town. It has a four-centred arched stone doorway on the west side, above which is a smaller loft doorway, while in the south elevation is a very small round-headed window. The tower contains a bell and clock dated to 1633 and 1648 respectively. Next to the bell is a pulley wheel and there is a weather vane in the form of a cockerel above the bell. The tower abuts buildings on its north and east sides. The interior of the tower measures about 2m square, and there is no east wall indicating that it must have been built abutting an earlier or contemporary structure which was replaced during the 18th century. There is evidence that the walls have been plastered in the past, and there are wooden floorboards over an earth floor. Against the north wall is a low bench made from a wooden plank, presumably added when the tower served as the town's lock up. There is a second floor about 4m above ground level, also made from wooden planks, but there is no modern access to this level. In the south eastern corner is a wooden casing running from the wooden platform to the ground and measuring about 0.6m by 0.25m, the function of which is unclear. Both doorframes have studded wooden doors which are securely padlocked. The bell in the tower is said to have been rung daily until 1860, and an inscription on the tower, which is no longer visible, recorded a gift of 10 shillings for a bell ringer and 20 shillings for keeping the clock in repair, given during the 17th century by Robert Fry. The clock mechanism was removed [in] the 1950s. Excluded from the scheduling are the modern attachments on the west and south walls, including the list of tolls, modern and early modern fire hydrant signs and a plaque which records the location of a sewer junction."

The apparent deformation of the tower is not a consequence of photographic distortion. It really does lean as shown, and also towards the building beyond. Please see SP2032 : Moreton-in-Marsh: The Curfew Tower (1) for an indication.

The white board lists the tolls payable by market traders effective 5th August 1905. Please see David's SP2032 : Moreton-in-Marsh Tolls for a close-up. The board has since been refurbished.
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Saturday, 30 May, 2015   (more nearby)
Sunday, 31 May, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Public buildings and spaces 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2048 3243 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:59.3969N 1:42.1898W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2046 3241
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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