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Adderstone Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Turris de Ederston

In the civil parish of Adderstone with Lucker.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NU141303
Latitude 55.56667° Longitude -1.77688°

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

There are no visible remains.

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


A tower, possibly a pele tower or bastle, was recorded at Adderstone in 1415. Its exact location is unknown and no trace of such a structure has been identified. (see NU12NW10 for possible site of the pele). The tower was home of Sir Thomas Forster who fought at the Battle of Flodden, the tower having been built before 1415. The tower was incorporated into a mansion in the late 16th or early 17th century, but both were pulled down when a later Thomas Forster built a new house (Adderstone Hall) in the 18th century. (PastScape)

A medieval tower at Adderstone is mentioned in a document of 1415. However, the exact site has never been located and it has been suggested it maybe the same as the tower at Cocklaw. (Keys to the Past)

The fifteenth century tower was incorporated in a mansion during the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century. In fact two house were built at about this time, but both were pulled down when Thomas built his new home in the early years of the eighteenth century. This is the still existing Adderstone Hall, said to be close to the site of the tower, but thick woods inhibit visual confirmation. (Dodds 1999)

The suggestion this is the same as Cocklaw Pele seems to be based merely on the existence of some remains at Cocklaw and it being in Adderstone parish. Cocklaw is not near Adderstone Hall and it doesn't seem likely that Thomas Forster would build a new house so far from the previous one (which was probably thoroughly robbed for the new house).
Given map reference is for Adderston Hall. The form of the C15/C16 house is not know but is recorded as able to house a garrison of 60 horsemen in 1509 so probably a large chamber/solar tower attached to other buildings. It certainly could not be a pele-house type bastle and probably a bit to early to be a large bastle (of the Hebburn type).
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