Castles & Tower Houses 1350 AD > 1850 AD

Fortified tower houses are singled towered, fortified residences built by the ‘Old English’ and Gaelic Irish between about 1400 – 1600. These structures were built primarily for defense and had protected doorways with iron grills which allowed negotiations but prevented entry. Most were 3 to 5 stories high and had narrow windows and stepped battlements. After 1600 they became known as fortified houses and after 1800 they were manor houses or mock-castles.