This tower was built in the early years of the nineteenth century by the local land owner, John Turnly. Although there are various stories giving reasons why it was built, it seems most likely that it was simply a folly or eyecatcher at the centre of the village.
The building was apparently 'the great object of Mr Turnly's thoughts,' and was erected 'as a place of confinement for idlers and rioters'.
The Tower was restored in 1992-93 by the Hearth Revolving Fund and sold on completion to Bill Drummond, who has since set up 'In You We Trust' offering short-term residencies for artists in the Tower.
'The Curfew Tower is a fortified building built in the early years of the nineteenth century. It has five floors, one room on each floor; from the ground up; dungeon, bathroom, living room, bedroom, bedroom. There is a kitchen adjoining the back of
the tower. The tower has all modern conveniences.
The accommodation allows for no more than
two artists in residence at any one time.'