Bondgate Tower

Scheduled Monument and Grade I Listed: HE Record

Heritage At Risk Register

Hotspur Tower, from Bondgate Without, Alnwick by John Wykeham Archer, from the collection of the Duke of Northumberland

Also known as Hotspur Tower, it is all that is now visible of the town wall.

It was allegedly named Hotspur in honour of the 2nd Earl’s father, the famous Harry Hotspur who had died at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. 
Bondgate Tower in the 1900s – from the Bailiffgate Collection

Click here for more photographs of Bondgate Tower from the Bailiffgate Collection

It should be noted that the survival of Bondgate Tower is a minor miracle as it formed a section of the main trunk road between London and Edinburgh, the A1, until the early 1970s, when the town was finally bypassed. Some Victorian townsmen of Alnwick were keen to demolish it in the name of progress and the Tower structure has been damaged by traffic on numerous occasions.