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Monument Number 2253

Hob Uid: 2253
Location :
Northumberland
Alnham
Grid Ref : NT9902010980
Summary : A 14th century pele tower with a T-shaped extension added to the right in the 19th century. The stone-built pele tower, which stands immediately west of the church, was in ruins by the late 17th century but was restored between 1821 and 1844. The building was later used as a youth hostel and is now a private house.
More information : (NT 99021098) TOWER (NR) (1)

(Listed in the Survey of 1541. Not mentioned in the Survey of 1415. pp 12-20). (2)

"Near to the church are the ruins of an ancient well-built pile
seemingly to have been a building of note, but, at present, claimed by the parson of the vicarage." (3)

The vicarage lies to the west of the church. It is referred to as a
little tower in 1541, and as ruinous in 1963,having fallen during
the Commonwealth period.It was still in ruins in 1758 when the vicar lived at ILDERTON.

The old tower was a fine specimen of 14c or 15c work,with moulded-base course, walls 9ft thick, and barrel-vaulted lower storey. The old window openings, which were unusually ornate, have been destroyed and the present ones, with the parapet and the adjoining modern wing all date from about 100 years ago, as the vicarage was still uninhabitable in 1828. (4)

The tower, composed of large wall dressed stones is correctly described except that the base course is not moulded but has a plain chamfer. The north-east wall and a portion of the north-west wall have been removed to enable extensions to be made to the building.

There are two storeys but no traces of an original access between them, or of an original entrance to the tower are now identifiable.

The tower stands on the extreme west end of a promotory, and a ditch which extends across the promotory some 100 metres to the east (within ALNHAM Churchyard - NT 91 SE 4) may have served as an outer defence to it. (5)

Condition unchanged (6)

Basically as described by authority 5. The thickness of the original wall is 1.7m and the barrel-vault mentioned by authority 4 has been rendered. A slight scarp in the field about 30.0m to the NE containing varying amounts of dressed stone may be the remains of an outer defence or barmkin.
Published survey (1:2500) revised. (7)

A 14th century pele tower with a T-shaped extension added to the right in the 19th century. The stone-built pele tower, which stands immediately west of the church, was in ruins by the late 17th century but was restored between 1821 and 1844. The building was later used as a youth hostel and is now a private house. Listed Grade II*. (8)

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

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" map 1926
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Source : Archaeologia Aeliana : or miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity
Source details : C J Bates
Page(s) : 43
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Vol(s) : 14, 1891
Source Number : 10
Source : Bastions and Belligerents: Medieval Strongholds in Northumberland
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Source Number : 3
Source : Archaeologia Aeliana : or miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity
Source details : J C Hodgson
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Vol(s) : 13, 1916
Source Number : 3a
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : MS John Warburton
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Source : Northumberland County History
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Page(s) : 572-573
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : DA Davies/03-MAY-1957/OS Archaeology Division Field Investigator
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : BHPritchard/29-JUL-1969/OS Archaeology Division Field Investigator
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Source Number : 7
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : SAinsworth/14-NOV-1976/OS Archaeology Division Field Investigator
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Source Number : 8
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : District of Alnwick, 03-SEP-1986
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Source Number : 9
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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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C14
Monument End Date : 1399
Monument Start Date : 1300
Monument Type : Pele Tower, Barmkin
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Extended in C19
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Restored between 1821-44
Monument End Date : 1844
Monument Start Date : 1821
Monument Type : Pele Tower
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : After 1844
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1844
Monument Type : Youth Hostel
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : By 1986
Monument End Date : 1986
Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 407949
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NT 91 SE 8
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NT 91 SE 8
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1957-05-03
End Date : 1957-05-03
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NT 91 SE 8
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1969-07-29
End Date : 1969-07-29
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NT 91 SE 8
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1976-11-14
End Date : 1976-11-14