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Vicars Pele

Hob Uid: 18476
Location :
Northumberland
Corbridge
Grid Ref : NY9884964407
Summary : Vicar's tower house built in the churchyard in 1318, re-roofed in 1910. The sandstone-built tower has a vaulted ground floor and two upper storeys. The fabric incorporates Roman masonry, Saxo-Norman and medieval cross slabs. In use as a vicarage until the early 17th century.
More information : [NY 98846441] Vicar's Pele [G.T.] (1)

The tower is mentioned as the Vicar's property in the list of
fortalices drawn up for Henry V in 1415. There is no record of its
erection, but it is of c. 1300 style, all of one date and well-
constructed of sandstone, being rectangular in plan, measuring 27' 4" E-W and 21' 0" N-S. The height to the parapet walk is 30'0". The building comprises a vaulted basement and two upper storeys; the entrance doorway is in the east side at ground level.
[See Illustration Card]. (2)

Many of the stones in the tower have cramp holes and have been obtained from the Ro. station at Corstopitum. (3)

The pele is in good condition - See Illustration. (4)

No change (5)

I Vicar's Pele Tower-house of c.1300, built of Roman stones. Square tower with pointed arched doorway on E. side (tunnel
vault inside), small loop lights, angle turrets. Gabled roof added.
A.M. (6)

Vicar's Pele. Grade I. Towerhouse vicarage, c.1400 except for gabled roof of 1910. Large squared stones, mostly re-used Roman material; stone slate roof. Pointed-arched doorway on east has old door of oak boards bolted into iron grille. Scattered fenestration, small chamfered loops except for larger trefoil-arched lights to north and south at 1st floor level. Hollow chamfered cornice below crenellated parapet (largely fallen except on south); remains of corbelled-out square angle bartizans. Several C18 headstones affixed to north and west walls, including stone to John Robson d.1753; semi-circular pedimented top enclosing cherub above line of key ornament. Interior: drawbar tunnel in inner jambs of entrance; similar arch from entrance lobby into barrel-vaulted basement. Mural stair to lobby with shelf
and sink. 1st floor has window seats on north and south, fireplace with moulded surround on north and 2 wall cupboards on west. Further mural stair to 2nd floor (floor timbers missing) which has mural book rest recess adjacent to window of north-west corner. The tower now houses a collection of medieval and earlier carved stone; in addition a number of medieval cross slabs have been re-used in the fabric, mostly as lintels over windows and the mural stairs. The best preserved vicar's pele in the county; in use as the vicarage until the early C17. (7)

NY 987 644. Vicar's pele tower. Scheduled No ND/77. (8)

Listed by Cathcart King and Dodds. (9,10)

Full description of the Saxo-Norman cross in the pele tower, and the grave slab, formerly in the tower, now in the adjacent church. (11)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1920-46
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Source : Archaeologia Aeliana : or miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity
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Page(s) : 173-78
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Vol(s) : 19, 1898
Source Number : 3
Source : A history of Northumberland, volume ten : the parish of Corbridge
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Page(s) : 209-15
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JLD 22.05.56
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 RL 11.01.66
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Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) Hexham R D Northum Aug 1968 22
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE Listed Buildings Dist of Tynedale, Northumbs 24-May-1988 96
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Source Number : 9
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
Source details : Northumberland
Page(s) : 35
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Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands
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Source : Bastions and Belligerents: Medieval Strongholds in Northumberland
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : Saxo-Norman
Monument End Date : 1066
Monument Start Date : 1042
Monument Type : Grave Slab, Cross
Evidence : Architectural Component
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C11
Monument End Date : 1099
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Grave Slab, Cross
Evidence : Architectural Component
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Built 1318
Monument End Date : 1318
Monument Start Date : 1318
Monument Type : Tower House, Vicarage
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Until early C17
Monument End Date : 1632
Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : Tower House, Vicarage
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Reroofed 1910
Monument End Date : 1910
Monument Start Date : 1910
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : ND 77
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 239934
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 110930
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NY 96 SE 9
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 96 SE 9
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1956-05-22
End Date : 1956-05-22
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 96 SE 9
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1966-01-11
End Date : 1966-01-11
Associated Activities : Primary, THE VICAR'S PELE
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2014-01-01
End Date : 2014-12-31