If you wander through the village of Cushendall in Northern Ireland, you will notice an odd sight. At the corner of Mill and High Streets is a square tower. It stands stolidly in the center of town. The tower is not an ancient structure. It only dates from the early 19th century. It was the product of the somewhat eccentric mind of Sir Francis Turley, an important figure in the East India Company.
The Tower is called the Curfew Tower or Turley’s Tower. Constructed of red sandstone, it reaches 40 feet upwards for four storeys. The base is 20-square-feet. The Tower tapers off as it rises to reach its battlements at the top. The four-sided structure has projecting oriel windows and a very narrow entryway. You will note, the door is a heavy, metal structure, a Medieval throwback to uncertain times. The intent of the owner was to house within any rioters or idlers. Originally, it had a bell. This was to ring at the Curfew hour. The bell disappeared. It has since been replaced.
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