Originally a fortification built at a time when raids by marauding Scots were still a feature of life in the north of England, Turton Tower has been added to and modified over the centuries.
By the 16th century it was a comfortable residence. The Tower was presented to the Urban District Council in 1930.
The Tower is currently administered by Lancashire County Museums Service.
Turton Tower is a Grade I listed building. Also to be seen in the estate grounds are its Gate Piers, old stables, and the two ornate railway bridges 150m SW and 170 NW of the main building.
Read on for more information about the tower and the families that lived here.