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HUSSEY TOWER

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The standing and buried remains of a medieval brick fortified house. The house is belived to have been built in the mid to late 15th century for Richard Bennington. The tower was later owned by Lord Hussey, and following his death, in 1537, the estate was granted to the Corporation of Boston. A gatehouse was demolished in 1565, and repairs were made to the remainder of the buildings, which were then rented by Joseph Whiting. In the early 18th century further buildings were dismantled including the domestic range adjoining the tower, and in 1728 the lead and timber were removed from the tower. The tower is rectangular with an octagonal stair turret projecting from the north east corner. It measures 9 metres by 8 metres, with walls 1 metre in width, and stands three storeys high with a portion of the crenellated parapet. The tower is mainly of red brick with stone dressings. At ground floor level is a formerly rib-vaulted chamber which would have provided a storage area and is now entered by the doorway in the east wall. The tower was formerly part of a larger building as shown by the bonding and roof scars of a two storey range on the exterior of the east wall of the tower. The range, forming part of the domestic accommodation, was slightly narrower than the tower with communicating doorways between the range and the tower at ground and first floor levels. The former range, running east from the tower, will survive as buried remains.

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