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Monument Number 15848

Hob Uid: 15848
Location :
Grid Ref : NY7600083000
Summary : Possible site of a pele tower at Chirdon. No trace of a such a structure survives above ground level and the documentary evidence formerly thought to indicate its existence may actually refer to Dally Castle.
More information : A survey of c.1715 refers to "Cherdon: an ancient pile and
small rill on ye south side of ye river of ye same name..." (1)

In 1255 Henry III confirmed an earlier grant of Chirdon to David De Lindesay. In 1237 Hugh Bolbec complained to Henry III that Sir David Lindsay was building a strong house in the form of a tower. This tower has been identified with Dally Castle (NY 7859) but it may equally well have been at Chirdon although if so it has completely disappeared. (2)

There can be little doubt that the tower built by David De Lindesey, and mentioned in a document of 1237, is Dally Castle on the north bank of Chirdon Burn. (3)

Old Chirdon at NY 76178401 is now a derelict barn, but existing windows, doorways and ceilings indicate that it was formerly a farmhouse; there is no architectural evidence visible which will date the structure, but the walling and woodwork is firm, and it does not appear to be of archaeological interest; at no point
within the fabric is there evidence of an earlier structure which
might be associated with a Pele tower.

Extensive perambulation in the neighbourhood of New and Old Chirdon revealed no surface indications or foundations of a Pele. There are several pronounced field banks in the proximity of Old Chirdon, but these are doubtless contemporary with the early farmstead, the early foundations of only one small building was found, this measures 5.0 m x 5.0 m and is conjectured to have been an outbuilding or beast house to the farm. (4)

Dodds has noted an arch in the south-west wall of old Chirdon Farm which he believes to have been the end of a vault. (5)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne
Source details : PSA Newcastle 3rd Ser 13 1916 14 (J C Hodgson)
Page(s) : 14
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Vol(s) : 13
Source Number : 1a
Source details : MS of J Warburton c.1715
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Source Number : 2
Source : Northumberland County History
Source details : NCH 15 1940 273 (Edited by M Hope Dodds)
Page(s) : 273
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Vol(s) : 15
Source Number : 2b
Source details : Cal Charter Roll 1226-57 446
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Source Number : 3
Source : Archaeologia Aeliana : or miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity
Source details : Arch Ael 2nd Ser 14 1891 55-56 Border Holds (CJ Bates)
Page(s) : 55-56
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Vol(s) : 14
Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 FDC 03-AUG-56
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Source Number : 5
Source : Bastions and Belligerents: Medieval Strongholds in Northumberland
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Pele Tower
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Pele Tower
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NY 78 SE 10
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 78 SE 10
Start Date : 1956-08-03
End Date : 1956-08-03