Marmion Tower
Marmion Tower
A lovely 15th century gatehouse on the banks of the River Ure is all that remains of the fortified manor house of Tansfield Castle. The exact location of the manor is not known, but generations of its owners lie buried in the nearby parish church, where their monuments can be seen.
Marmion Tower stands three stories high, and is built to a square design with a proection in one corner to house a staircase. There is a guardroom off the barrel-vaulted gateway passage. Visitors can clib the stair to an upper chamber and to a turret above the roof. A lovely oriel window projects over the gateway arch.

What is extraordinary is that the tower is in such excellent condition - it is essentially perfect - while no trace of the manor remains. We know that the owners of Tansfield gained a license to crenellate in 1384, but it is possible that this was never carried out.