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johnhouston2 wrote a review Oct 2020
Knaresborough, United Kingdom3 892 contributions1 661 helpful votes
Taken in as part of our riverside stroll, Cow Tower is an important part of the city’s history. One of the earliest purpose-built artillery blockhouses in England, Cow Tower was built in 1398–9 to control a strategic point in Norwich's city defences. The unusual name is probably derived from the surrounding meadow at the time, which was known as Cowholme. The tower was built as an addition to the defences already encircling medieval Norwich and was intended to house guns and a garrison of gunners to defend the approach to the city across the River Wensum. Its height of over 15 metres was necessary to overlook the high ground on the opposite bank.
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Date of experience: September 2020
tinkle_24 wrote a review Sep 2020
Northampton, United Kingdom1 232 contributions255 helpful votes
Amazing to think this tower has stood the test of time. A medieval tower that stands tall and proud by River Wensum as a kind of watchtower. Great pic if taken in the late afternoon.
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Date of experience: September 2020
KentEnglandLife wrote a review Nov 2019
Chatham, United Kingdom2 396 contributions77 helpful votes
While walking along the river I decided to come and see this tower. It's in good condition but does have a crack down one side. But for it's age it has been kept well. I'm not sure if they do open days to go in but it was locked when I made my visit.Not that you need to go in as you can see the inside from the gated door(As you can see by the pictures). Worth the visit as the walk along the river is lovely.
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Date of experience: October 2019
923Dan wrote a review Jun 2019
Swindon, United Kingdom2 317 contributions513 helpful votes
The Cow Tower in Norwich is a nicely preserved old medieval tower - shame you can't go inside. Next to the river in the old part of the city. Well worth exploring.
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Date of experience: May 2019
Tuli wrote a review Apr 2019
Derbyshire, United Kingdom10 contributions1 helpful vote
We visited this tower while walking around the river, the gates were locked probably due to safety reasons. To read the history of the tower and that it was build in 1398 was amazing and great to see such an ancient building.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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