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Old Bewick Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Old Berwick; Bewyk; Beawick; Bewike; Bewicke; New Bewick

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NU06692147
Latitude 55.48699° Longitude -1.89567°

Old Bewick Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


The tower at Old Bewick is first mentioned in 1509 when it belonged to the Prior of Tynemouth. In 1542 part was covered with lead but the rest was out of repair, while in 1548 it was entirely a ruin although recommended by the Border Commissioners for repair. It is mentioned in 1608 and 1614, but in 1676 and 1678 is referred to as being ruinous. A survey of c.1715 mentions a large ruinous tower in the village (Bates 1891; Hodgson 1928; Hodgson 1916).
In 1866 some old people could remember the ruins of the tower but the Eglingham to Chillingham road has been constructed over its foundations (Dodds 1935).
The foundations are situated about 60 yards north of the entrance to Mr Langland's house and in the centre of the public road (MacLauchlan 1864)
Mr Langland lived at the farmhouse of Old Bewick, (farmhouse at NU 06852137. Entrance at NU 0674-2143). There is a slight 'bump' in the modern road at NU 06692147 which is 60m north-west of the entrance to the farmhouse. There are no visible indications in the field to the south-west but the siting agrees with the textual description (F1 EG 10-MAR-1955). (Northumberland HER)

Confusingly called New Bewick by Mackenzie, presumably to differentiate it from the Old Bewick Hill Fort, although it is much closer to Old Bewick settlement rather than the New Bewick settlement to the south.
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