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Choppington Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Chopington; Chapyngton

In the civil parish of Bedlington.
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: NZ255830
Latitude 55.14082° Longitude -1.60222°

Choppington Tower has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Tower is mentioned at Choppington in 1541 and is thought to have been built in about 1500 by Gawen Ogle. The exact location of the building is not now known, although it may have stood on the site of Glebe Farm. (Keys to the Past)

Approximate site of a fortified house or pele tower, built in 1503. The exact site of the building is not known, though sources suggest it may have stood at NZ 254830 or in the area of Choppington now known as Scotland Gate. (PastScape ref. King, 1983 and Dodds, 1999)

Choppington Tower. Now disappeared, site unknown, though it may have stood on the site of Glebe Farm (NZ 25458301). First mentioned in 1541. Built by Gawen Ogle c.1500 (Long 1967).
The site of Choppington Tower has been suggested to lie in a field further north, near Choppington Wood. The field contains earthworks (Pers Comm, J Nesbitt, 1990s). (Northumberland HER)

In 1715 recorded as "a large old tower belonging to the bishop of Durham; lessee, George Bulman, merchant in Newcastle." (Hodgson 1916)

Not recorded in the 1541 survey of Northumberland fortification although as in lands of the Bishop of Durham may have been outside the remit of that survey.
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