LAYERS of the past which surround Pam Vardy in her 600-year-old Northumberland pele tower
home inspired her to seek a new future as a fulltime artist.
The pele tower
sits on the grounds and it always intrigued Kate because it's steeped in history.
But it is built on the site of a 17th century manor house and reused much of the sandstone from the original building, which itself is believed to have replaced a 14th century pele tower
Originally a Pele Tower
dating back to the late 1200s, Grade I listed Askham Hall marks one of the most ambitious 'hotel' projects in Cumbria for some years.
The Grade I listed former home of the Lowther family, the Earl and Countess of Lonsdale, has a pele tower
, romantic gardens, and stone griffins on the doorstep.
During autumn, the ivy covering the 14th century Pele tower
turns a blood red and there's always a patchwork quilt of bright yellow fallen leaves to negotiate on the paths.
Close to the falls is Lyulph's Tower, a pele tower
built by a former Duke of Norfolk as a shooting box that is now the focus of many walks in the area.
It was then a primitive pele tower
and only became the mansion that stands today during Elizabethan times.
A three-storey brick-built block linking the manor house to the ancient Pele Tower
was erected in the 18th century.
THIS impressive stonebuilt Northumbrian home is steeped in history, being made up of a 15th Century pele tower
and 16th Century kitchen wing with an infill Georgian mid-section.
The imposing property began life as a fortified pele tower
before being transformed into a 19th Century mansion and then a 20th Century hotel which was severely damaged by fire in 1954.
A Pele tower
was a type of small fortified keep that acted as a watch tower where signal fires could be lit to raise alarms.