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Vicar's Pele Tower (Corbridge)

Vicar's Pele Tower, Corbridge (Copyright © Don Brownlow)
Vicar's Pele Tower, Corbridge (Copyright © Don Brownlow)

The fortified tower at Corbridge was first mentioned in 1415. It was used by the Vicar of Corbridge as a defence against raids from Scotland. It had been abandoned by the 17th or 18th century and was ruined when it was restored by the Duke of Northumberland. The tower is three floors high and is built from large stone blocks. Some of these stones may have been reused from the Roman fort. This is one of the best examples of a Vicar's tower in Northumberland. The tower is a Grade I listed building protected by law.

Reference number:N8991
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Early Medieval (410 to 1066)
Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Prehistoric (500000BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Conservation area
Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER
TEST PIT, The Vicar's Pele, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5AW: report on the excavation of an archaeological test pit 2014; Northern Counties Archaeological Services
PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORDING, Photographic recording of the Vicar's Pele, Corbridge 2015; Northern Counties Archaeological Services

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Source of Reference
Local History of Corbridge

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