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Cowpen Bewley Low Grange Farm

In the civil parish of Newton Bewley.
In the historic county of Durham.
Modern Authority of Hartlepool.
1974 county of Cleveland.
Medieval County of County Palatinate of Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ46922536
Latitude 54.62122° Longitude -1.27488°

Cowpen Bewley Low Grange Farm has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Site of manor house, built between 1258 and 1273. A watermill, dovecote and park were associated with the manor, the mill and dovecote recorded in the 14th century and the park documented in the 15th and 17th centuries. The site was excavated in 1961 and traces of a supposed moat reinterpreted as a drain or a fishpond. The valley to the east of the site had been dammed to create a shallow lake which may also have been used as a fishpond. The easternmost of the farm buildings now occupying the site was also investigated and found to incorporate medieval remains. (PastScape)

A manor house was built at Bewley by Prior Hugh de Darlington between 1258 and 1273. A water mill, a dovehouse and a park were attached to the manor. The watermill and dove-house are mentioned in the C14 and the park in the C15 and C17. The manor house seems to have fallen into decay during the C17. The site of the Manor house of Bewley from which the village is named is not certainly known, but there are traces of a moat at Low Grange. (PastScape ref VCH)

Foundations of possible C13 tower found under later medieval building in excavation in 1961 before removal prior to construction of housing.
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