Overlooking the River Ouse at the north end of Lendal Bridge, Lendal Tower was built around 1300 as part of York's fortifications.

Lendal Tower
Lendal Tower overlooking the River Ouse, c. 1300. York, England Holly Hayes
Location map of Lendal Tower, York, England. Click to enlarge.
Aerial view of Lendal Tower, York, England. Click to enlarge.

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Lendal Tower
53.9602490° N, 1.0871580° W map · aerial
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SE 59991 51959
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Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.


SE5951NE MUSEUM STREET 1112-1/15/792 (North West side) 14/06/54 Lendal Tower


Defensive tower converted for use as water tower, now used as offices. c1300; heightened 1616, strengthened and extended c1677; altered for offices c1846; refitted 1932. Magnesian limestone, much re-used and including carved fragments of canopy, finial and other mouldings from the ruins of St Mary's Abbey (qqv): roof not visible but said to be of copper. EXTERIOR: 3-stage circular tower with extruded circular stair tower, on chamfered plinth; 3-storey extension. All parts are embattled. Tower entered through Lendal Hill House (qv): unused C19 shouldered doorway with panelled double doors survives in extension. Blocked slit lights are visible on ground floor of both towers: 1- and 2-light windows elsewhere in chamfered openings with chamfered mullions. INTERIOR: not inspected. RCHM record brick partition wall on the lower storeys retaining evidence of engine housings; wooden spiral staircase in stair tower; rooms on first and second floors fitted with panelling... read more

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Lendal Tower, York, England
Date Added
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
May 6, 2022