Clifford's Tower is a 13th-century fortification atop a small grassy hill, built for King Henry III on the site of William the Conqueror's wooden keep. Fine views of York can be had from the top.

Cliffords Tower
Clifford's Tower, built in the late 13th century on the site of a Norman wooden keep. York, England. Holly Hayes

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Clifford's Tower
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SE 60463 51467
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Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.


SE6051SW CASTLE PRECINCT 1112-1/21/129 Clifford's Tower 14/06/54 (Formerly Listed as: CASTLE PRECINCT Clifford's Tower and portions of the outer walls of the Castle)


Castle keep. 1245-72; partly dismantled 1596-97; forebuilding largely rebuilt 1642-43; gutted by explosion in 1684. Restorations of 1902, 1915 and 1936. For King Henry III. MATERIALS: rubble stone faced with magnesian limestone ashlar; roof lost: forebuilding rebuilt in pinkish stone, with hipped roof of tiles. Quatrefoil on plan with rectangular projecting forebuilding. EXTERIOR: 2-storey tower, originally embattled, with battered base, 3 bartizans, and full-height buttressed forebuilding to south. Forebuilding has hollow-chamfered, elliptical arched doorway of 2 orders: to right, a length of original hoodmould survives. Building largely lit by slits or chamfered rectangular lights: in right return one original lancet survives. Above doorway, a halved panel is carved in low relief with Royal Arms of Charles II above the arms of Henry Clifford, 8th Earl of Cumberland... read more

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Clifford's Tower, York, England
Added By
Holly Hayes
Date Added
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
May 6, 2022