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Alwinton Vicarage

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NT923057
Latitude 55.34604° Longitude -2.12202°

Alwinton Vicarage has been described as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a certain Bastle.

There are no visible remains.


A pele tower was used as a vicarage at Alwinton, and in 1541 was described in poor repair. In 1635 it was recorded that the vicar had lost the 'old pele tower rectory house'. (PastScape)
Described in the Survey of 1541 as a little bastle house, the mansion of the vicar. (Not listed in the Survey of 1415 pp 12-20) (Bates 1891).
John Hearon, mentioned 1628, took possession of the vicars bastle mansion and let it as an alehouse, so that the vicar was obliged to build himself a small cottage to live in (Dixon 1903).
The Revd W Renwick, Vicar of Alwinton, has heard references to the Priests Bastle, but has no information as to where it may have stood. The present vicarage was built a 100 years ago when the church was greatly rebuilt and maybe it was built on the foundations of the Bastle. No traces of an older building could be seen in or around the present structure. The house built by the vicar on his expulsion from the Bastle was indicated to the Investigator by the vicar and stands near the church (F1 ASP 07-MAY-57). (PastScape)

The clearly visible rig and furrow around the church does mean the possible sites for this tower or bastle are limited and a location under the present vicarage seems likely.
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