The comprehensive gazetteer and bibliography of the medieval castles, fortifications and palaces of England, Wales, the Islands.
The listings
Other Info
Print Page 
Next Record 
Previous Record 
Back to list 

Cote Walls Tower, Biddlestone

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Coat Walls; Coteswall; Cotte walles

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NT97380747
Latitude 55.36123° Longitude -2.04286°

Cote Walls Tower, Biddlestone has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Described in the Survey of 1541 as a little tower in good repair, belonging to Percival Selby. (Not listed in the Survey of 1415 pp 12 - 20) (Bates 1891).
Coteswall .... a vill of five house and in it the ruins of an old tower (Hodgson 1916)
The remains described by Hadcock (1939) as those of a mediaeval tower consist of three walls - evidently those of an old cottage. The walls are 0.6 metres thick and contain no architectural features that would associate them with a tower.
NT 97360747: The most likely site for a tower at Cotewalls would appear to be a grassy platform in pasture a little south of the present farm buildings, and on slightly higher ground. Visible among the roots of a tree in the south east corner of this platform are some large square stones: these appear to have formed the corner of a building, and at one point a rough plinth course is visible. In this vicinity too is a scatter of large stones, some of which are dressed. The field walls to the west of the farm buildings contain many large stones including some roughly dressed stones. These may have come from the tower. No significant field names appear to have survived (F1 DAD 02-MAY-57)
As described in report of 2 5 75 though the area NT 97380747 has been planted with conifers. Though it is a possibility that the tower was sited here, there is insufficient evidence to identify it (F2 ISS 01-FEB-77)
The tower was built by the Priory of Brinkburn at some time between 1415 and 1500. The 1541 survey of towers noted it to be in good repair. The tower was ruinous by 1715 (Dodds). (PastScape)
Links to archaeological and architectural databases, mapping and other online resources

Data >
PastScape   County HER            
Maps >
Streetmap   NLS maps   Where's the path   Old-Maps      
Data/Maps > 
Magic   V. O. B.   Geology   LiDAR   Open Domesday  
Air Photos > 
Bing Maps   Google Maps   Getmapping   ZoomEarth      
Photos >
CastleFacts   Geograph   Flickr   Panoramio      

Sources of information, references and further reading
Most of the sites or buildings recorded in this web site are NOT open to the public and permission to visit a site must always be sought from the landowner or tenant.
It is an offence to disturb a Scheduled Monument without consent. It is a destruction of everyone's heritage to remove archaeological evidence from ANY site without proper recording and reporting.
Don't use metal detectors on historic sites without authorisation.
The information on this web page may be derived from information compiled by and/or copyright of Historic England, County Historic Environment Records and other individuals and organisations. It may also contain information licensed under the Open Government Licence. All the sources given should be consulted to identify the original copyright holder and permission obtained from them before use of the information on this site for commercial purposes.
The author and compiler of Gatehouse does not receive any income from the site and funds it himself. The information within this site is provided freely for educational purposes only.
The bibliography owes much to various bibliographies produced by John Kenyon for the Council for British Archaeology, the Castle Studies Group and others.
Suggestions for finding online and/or hard copies of bibliographical sources can be seen at this link.
Minor archaeological investigations, such as watching brief reports, and some other 'grey' literature is most likely to be held by H.E.R.s but is often poorly referenced and is unlikely to be recorded here, or elsewhere, but some suggestions can be found here.
The possible site or monument is represented on maps as a point location. This is a guide only. It should be noted that OS grid references defines an area, not a point location. In practice this means the actual center of the site or monument may often, but not always, be to the North East of the point shown. Locations derived from OS grid references and from latitude longitiude may differ by a small distance.
Further information on mapping and location can be seen at this link.
Please help to make this as useful a resource as possible by contacting Gatehouse if you see errors, can add information or have suggestions for improvements in functality and design.
Help is acknowledged.
This record last updated 26/07/2017 09:21:27

Home | Books | Links | Fortifications and Castles | Other Information | Help | Downloads | Author Information | Contact