Barrows Mansion in the SNES intro.

Clock tower

The Clock Tower under a red sky.

The Barrows Mansion, otherwise known as the Clock Tower, is the setting of Clock Tower: The First Fear. It is a huge mansion situated in the mountains of Romsdalen, Norway, sporting a large clock tower with a green roof on the south-east side. It is roughly square-shaped and has a swimming pool in the inner courtyard.


Mary Barrows owns the mansion, and adopted a few teenage orphans to be her new daughters. On the walk to the mansion, Mary often referred to a "Mr. Barrows". However, as Jennifer Simpson and her friends, Lotte, Anne, and Laura Harrington would discover, "Mr. Barrows" was not the master of the house -- he was, in fact, locked up in a small cage.

The mansion is haunted; paintings bleed, faucets pour blood and maggots, dolls come to life, mannequins move by themselves and record players and phones can make noise without being plugged in, and a hand comes out of a mirror to strangle Jennifer. It is haunted by an enormous beast living in the caves of the mansion, Dan Barrows, in the "Cradle Under the Star", and he used his telekinetic abilities to haunt the mansion.

The mansion likely sustained structural damage, since the kerosene explosion that destroyed Dan was located under the mansion, which would probably have shaken the very foundations of the house; this is also supported by the fact that the caves seem to shake and crumble as Jennifer runs from Dan's ashes.


  • In the trailer for Clock Tower, Helen Maxwell mentions the "Barrows Mansion" and that they have to go there. However, she probably means the Barrows Castle as it is the location explored later on in the story.