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Clennell Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Clennill

In the civil parish of Biddlestone.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NT92900715
Latitude 55.3578° Longitude -2.112°

Clennell Hall has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.

Description

Clennell Hall lies in a strategic position at the entrance to the valley of the River Alwin. The building comprises a tower house, with C17 house attached to its south side, and C18 and C19 additions. The tower house was built in late medieval times and belonged to Percival Clennell. It stands three storeys high with walls over 1.5m thick at basement level. The basement of the tower is vaulted and many original features survive. The south range has long been recorded as having been built in 1568, but it is now thought unlikely that an undefended house would be built at this time in the unsettled Border region and a later C17 date may be more likely. According to documentary evidence the tower was newly repaired in 1541 and a barmkin was under construction. In 1568, a 2 storey wing was built onto the west of the tower and at the same time, or possibly earlier, the tower itself was heightened. A third storey was added to the west wing in the late C17 and the tower roof was altered. The house was extended and altered in 1895. No trace of C16 barmkin survives.
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This record last updated on Saturday, July 26, 2014

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