TOWER: There may be a rosy future

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I read with great interest Roger Hawkins’ recent excellent article on Cresswell Tower (Morpeth Herald, April 28).

The Tower has certainly seen better days and is currently on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register.

But the good news is that Cresswell Parish Council will be submitting a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in June, seeking the necessary funds to restore the tower and open it to visitors.

The bid also includes community archaeology and archive projects, which will offer wonderful opportunities for local people to help uncover more about the history of the Tower and the village.

We will find out if our bid has been successful in September. Fingers crossed.

In the meantime, I will be leading a guided walk around Cresswell on Sunday, July 31, from 2pm to 4pm, which will include entry into the Tower.

The walk is part of the Festival of Archaeology and is free of charge. No pre-booking is necessary. Participants should meet outside Cresswell Ices.

Later in the year, as part of the national Heritage Open Days, there will be an open day at the Tower on Saturday, September 10, from 11am to 3.30pm.

Again, this is a free event and no pre-booking is required.

For further information on the Lottery bid and the events, please contact the undersigned.

Barry Mead

Cresswell resident, archaeologist and local historian

07986 018242