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Scremerston Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;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

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: NU006492
Latitude 55.73700° Longitude -1.99102°

Scremerston Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Possible site of a pele tower with barmkin at Scremerston, recorded in C15 and C16. No traces survive. Wlliam Swinhoe III built a tower at Scremerston before 1402. Although in poor condition in 1541, it had been repaired by 1561 with the addition of a barmkin. After 1603 it was allowed to become ruinous. The tower foundations could be traced on the North side of the village in C19, but there are no traces now. (PastScape)

The foundations of a tower may be traced in a field on the north side of Scremerston (Hodgson 1820).
It is mentioned in 15th and 16th century lists, once as 'with barmkin' (Bates 1891).
There are no visible remains of a tower at Scremerston, and no local tradition of one (F1 DS 29-OCT-1968). (Northumberland HER)

Map reference is for parish church (this is not medieval although there was a C14 private oratory at Scremerston). The site of this tower is said to have been north of the village. The area has been subject to coal mining and clay pits and works so it is probable that nothing remains.
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