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West Lilburn 2–Ogle's Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Lylborn; West Lylburne; West Lilburne

In the civil parish of Lilburn.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NU02522435
Latitude 55.51268° Longitude -1.96160°

West Lilburn 2–Ogle's Tower has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


In 1509 there were two Towers at West Lilburn the older one was probably built by Sir John de Lilburn who died c1400. In 1541 the western tower, belonging to Cuthbert Procter, was in ruins with only the walls standing, while the eastern tower, belonging to Sir Cuthbert Ogle, had lately been burnt". At present (1935) only one tower remains and it is not possible to determine which of the two towers it is. Judging from the external ashlar work the remains are of late 15 cent date. Except for some steps at SW corner, the remaining features are confined to a large three storied fragment of the East wall (Bates 1887-8, 1891; Hodgson 1828). (PastScape)

Vanished partner to West Lilburn Tower. In 1541 one tower belonged to Cuthbert Proctor; this had fallen into decay and only the walls were standing. The other tower belonged to Sir Cuthbert Ogle and had suffered from a fire. The Ogle tower is recorded as being the eastern tower. This suggests that, despite its poorer condition in 1541, the surviving tower is actually Proctor's Tower and that Ogle's Tower was at the site now occupied by the early C19 country house called Lilburn Tower.
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