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CAPHEATON HALL

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Country house constructed in 1668 by Robert Trollope of Newcastle, possibly on or near the the site of a tower house recorded in a survey of 1415. The tower had a moat and drawbridge at that time. A beacon was lit on the roof to warn of sea raiders, and the local gentry often met here to organise retailatory sorties. This may be the reason why the Charltons led the Croziers here in 1543 to fire both the village and tower. The tower was repairable. Capheaton Hall was commissioned in 1668 to replace the tower. The present house is of two storeys, built of ashlar in baroque style. The north front was added in the late 18th century by William Newton. The site of the tower house is not known.

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