History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
By 1378 the toll house was considered ruinous, and the site was converted into an artillery tower to form part of the city's defences. The tower provided 12 gun ports, though the small size of the gun ports indicates that they could only have been used for handheld guns. Larger guns would have been placed on the roof so that they could fire through gaps in the parapet.
In 1549 the tower was put under fire by Robert Kett's rebels, who were trying to enter the city over nearby Bishop Bridge. A shot from Kett's gunners struck the top of the tower, and you can still see the damage.
The tower stands 15 metres high and has an internal diameter of about 7 metres.
This is an open site, accessible at any time.
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About Cow Tower
Address: Norwich, Norfolk, England, NR1 4EN
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Accessible at any time. Located north east of the cathedral.
Website: Cow Tower
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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