Vicar's Pele Tower
Listed Building Grade I, Scheduled Ancient Monument
- Very well preserved three storey mediaeval pele tower built largely of reused Roman stone from Corstopitum, with damaged crenellated parapet and fragments of corner bartizans. In addition to the Roman stone there are also a number of 18th century headstones attached to the north and west walls. The original interior has been gutted.
MUSEUM, PELE TOWER, TOWER HOUSE, VICARAGE
- Historical Background
- The Vicar's Pele was, as the name suggests, the defended house of the Vicar of Corbridge from its construction (probably the mid 14th century) and into the 15th century. At some point the tower fell into ruin - the roof was reported as in poor condition in 1663 - and was restored with gabled roof to the orders of the 7th Duke of Northumberland in 1910. The tower is now a storehouse and an ad hoc museum of carved stones and grave covers.
- 1300 Tower built c. 1300 for the vicar of Corbridge.
- 1600 - 1800 Tower abandoned and falls into ruin during this period.
- 1910 Tower restored by the Duke of Northumberland. Gabled roof fitted. Most of post-medieval detail removed.
Duke of Northumberland: Commissioned work.
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- Northumberland SMR
- Pevsner, N., Richmond, I., Grundy, J., McCombie, G., Ryder, P. and Welfare, H. (2001) The Buildings of England: Northumberland. London, Penguin Books, p.237
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