Keys to the Past

Glossary

Pele tower; Pele; Peel tower

This is an old name used to described fortified tower houses. Although pele towers are known to the north of the border, the term is no longer used to describe these buildings in Northumberland. The only exception to this are the fortified towers that were sometimes built next to churches to provide protection for the priest- these are known as Vicar's Peles. Good examples can be seen in Corbridge and Ponteland.

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