15th Century Bondgate Tower in Alnwick struck by high-sided vehicle

Highways engineers have been checking the Bondgate Tower in Alnwick after it was struck by an high-sided vehicle.

The incident, which happened in Thursday, June 11, caused some internal scraping and took a chunk from the top of the west-facing arch.

Northumberland County Council cleared some debris from the road.

Historic England has previously warned that the building might need to be closed if further substantial damage occurred.

The Bondgate Tower in Alnwick after the latest incident of it being hit by a vehicle.

It was listed in its Heritage at Risk Register 2019, its annual snapshot of the state of England’s most valued historic places.

Bondgate Tower is deemed a Priority A, with Historic England stating: ‘The main defects relate to damage from high-sided vehicles passing through the central portal. Further impact of a similar nature could cause a serious collapse.’

The three-storey gatehouse was founded around 1450 by the 2nd Earl of Northumberland.

Also known as Hotspur Gate, it was originally one of four gates, in the medieval town wall.

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