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Goswick Tower, Ancroft

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Ancroft.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of County Palatinate of Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NU059451
Latitude 55.69990° Longitude -1.90827°

Goswick Tower, Ancroft has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


A survey of 1561 mentions a "good pile" at Goswick (NU 058451) in good repair and built upon the "inheritance of Thomas Swinhoe" (supposedly built since the survey of 1541) (Bates). The old mansion house of the Swinhoes stands on the "margin of the sea" not far from the mouth of the brook. It has been altered many times so that its original character can no longer be ascertained. There has apparently been a small courtyard in the north entered by a low arch way which still remains. This north side appears less disturbed than other parts. The walls are all thick and the rooms, now converted into stables, granaries, etc. are all low. Two rooms in an upper storey are largely original with ceilings of ornamental work in stucco. In the centre of one ceiling is the coat of arms of Thomas Swinhoe (died 1617) and his two wives, and a scroll containing the date '1611' (Raine). Goswick consists of a collection of farm buildings and cottages situated at NU 05804515. Mr. Bell, who has lived here for 30 years, has no knowledge of any remains which might have been the pele tower. Perambulation of the area produced no evidence of one (F1 ASP 16-NOV-55). (PastScape)
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