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Broughton in Amounderness

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Broughton in Preston

In the civil parish of Preston.
In the historic county of Lancashire.
Modern Authority of Lancashire.
1974 county of Lancashire.
Medieval County of Lancashire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SD54103351
Latitude 53.79587° Longitude -2.69828°

Broughton in Amounderness has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House, and also as a probable Pele Tower.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Broughton Tower was built as a fortified manor house by one of the Singletons, a family mentioned in 1471. In the 16th century, the Tower was a strongly built house surrounded by a moat. The last remains were taken down in 1800 (Fishwick 1901; VCH 1912).
There are no surfaces indications of the Tower other than a slight rise at the published site. Only the north west side of the moat is well defined, the remainder is mutilated and partly filled in, but can still be traced (F1 EG 20-FEB-58). (PastScape)

Was built as a fortified manor-house by one of the Singletons. In the sixteenth century it was a strongly built house, well suited for defence, and surrounded by a moat. The last remains of the place were taken down in 1800. In 1515, during a family feud, one of the parties entered 'the chief place or tower," and kept possession vi et armis. They also broke into the chapel there, and placed "gownnys (guns) crossbowys and other artillery of wer," and when the other parties appeared they, "caused a bagpipe to play and in great deryson daunced." After this there was a good deal of shooting, but ultimately the aggressors were bound over to keep the peace. No drawing of this ancient tower has been preserved. (Fishwick)
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