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Arnside Tower

Early-attested site in the Parish of Beetham

Historical Forms

  • Arn(e)sid Toure, Arn(e)sid tower 1517,1519 Kendii,231–3
  • Arneshead Tower 1602 Bthm 1650,1655 Kendi,117,ii,237


Arnside Tower, 1770 Bthm, Arn (e )sid Toure , Arn (e )sid tower 1517, 1519 Kend ii, 231–3, Arneshead Tower 1602 Bthm, 1650, 1655 Kend i, 117, ii, 237. From ME  toure 'tower'; this former 15th-century peel- tower, described in 1770 Bthm 101–3 and RCHM 14, was worth nothing yearly in 1517 (Kend ii, 231) and was burned down in 1602 (Bthm 102 note); this and other towers on or near the coast of the estuary and bay (like Dallam Tower i, 68infra , Lindeth Tower (La), etc.) were defensive towers (cf. NB 226).

Places in the same Parish

Other OS name

Early-attested site