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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Weetslaid; Wittslad; Wittsland Juxt Mare

In the civil parish of Longbenton.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of North Tyneside.
1974 county of Tyne and Wear.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ260726
Latitude 55.04612° Longitude -1.59492°

Weetslade has been described as a Tower House although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Tower is listed (without the owner's name) in the 1415 survey of Border defences at 'Wittsland Juxt Mare'. This is taken to be Weetslade, although it is hardly next to the sea. There is no later record of a tower in the vicinity. (PastScape)

M.H. Dodds rejected Longbenton as the site of this tower since it is not by the sea. Was there another Wittsland? Has it been lost (to coastal erosion perhaps)? Both Bates and Dodds knew the county well and it seems unlikely they would have missed such if it was in the records. Was 'Juxt mare' a scribal error? There is still some marsh nearby and this could have been much larger in medieval times so perhaps reference to being beside a marsh or mere (called seas in East Yorkshire ie Skipsea - Marshland was an important medieval resource because it produce duck and other waterfowl, which were counted as fish during the fasts of Lent etc. as well as other important resources such as reeds.)
The form of the turris is not known. It is low on the 1415 list which is roughly in size order suggesting this was more likely a solar or chamber tower (a pele tower).
Given map reference is for High Weetslade farmhouse, although there is no archaeological evidence that this stands on the site of this documented tower.
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