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Paull Holme Tower
East Riding of Yorkshire, England
grid reference TA185248
Paull Holme Tower - - 52138
Paull Holme Tower
Type Tower
Coordinates Latitude: 53.7069
Longitude: -0.2059

Paull Holme Tower is an unusual late-medieval fortified tower in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.


The tower is part of a rectangular, moated enclosure near the village of Paull, dating from the beginning of the 15th century.[1] The tower is three storeys high, each floor having a single chamber, the whole protected by a portcullis entrance.[2] There has been debate as to the purpose of the site - in part the fortification resembles the more northern pele towers, although alternatively the tower may have been built to give luxury accommodation overlooking the River Humber which runs nearby, similar to some properties built near King's Lynn.[3] It is a unique building for the period and region.[4]

The tower was restored in 1871, from which the current windows, doorways and plasterwork dates, but has been roofless since the early 20th century and as of 2010 is ruined and in what English Heritage considers to be a very bad condition.[5] It is a scheduled monument and a Grade I listed building.[6]

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  1. Emery, p.384.
  2. Emery, p.384.
  3. Emery, p.384.
  4. Heritage at Risk 2010, English Heritage, p.17, accessed 21 April 2011.
  5. Emery, p.384; Heritage at Risk 2010, English Heritage, p.17, accessed 21 April 2011.
  6. Paull Holme Tower, Gatehouse website, accessed 21 April 2011.


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