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Cocklaw Peel, Adderstone

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Cocklaw Pele

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: NU11672915
Latitude 55.55599° Longitude -1.81677°

Cocklaw Peel, Adderstone has been described as a probable Pele Tower, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Pele tower survives as a low earthwork. In the 1950s traces of stonework were visible but by 1969 the remains were difficult to detect. (Keys to the Past)

The published site is marked by a slight platorm 17.0m x 10.0m in a ploughed field; traces of undressed stone and mortar visible. Possibly the tower, at Adderstone mentioned in 1415 (see NU 12 NW 20) (F1 JHO 04-APR-55)
The site is as described but the remains are unsurveyable (F2 BHP 02-JAN-69). (PastScape)

King writes may be identical to Adderstone.
Arguable, the recorded dimensions of the site are that of a pele-house (bastle) rather than that of a pele-tower although this is rather outside the area of highest concentration of pele-houses. Gatehouse is of the opinion that the tower of 1415 was located at Adderstone Hall. The county history for Adderstone (Bateson, Edward (ed), 1893, Northumberland County History (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Vol. 1 p. 221-) is not suggestive of a gentry status building at Cocklaw (which is mentioned only as a 'hamlet')
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