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Tillmouth Tower, Cornhill-on-Tweed

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Tilmowthe; Tilmouth; Tylemouth

In the civil parish of Cornhill on Tweed.
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: NT87004290
Latitude 55.67949° Longitude -2.20828°

Tillmouth Tower, Cornhill-on-Tweed has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Site of the deserted medieval settlement of Tillmouth, which included a tower built between 1415-1496, and described as ruinous in 1561. All that now remains of the site are narrow ditches of uncertain date, visible as faint cropmarks on aerial photographs. (PastScape)

A survey of 1542 mentions a tower in the town of "Tylemouth" which stood on the west side of the river Till near where it flows into the Tweed (Hodgson). The tower at Tillmouth was destroyed by James VI. in 1496, a survey of 1561 describes it as a little tower or pile much decayed with a little barmkin about it. A survey of 1715 refers to Tillmouth as a small village in which are the ruins of an ancient chapel (Bates). The area in the vicinity of the chapel is arable land. There are no visible remains of either the village or the tower (F1 EG 03-NOV-55). Narrow ditches of uncertain date are visible as faint cropmarks on aerial photographs centred at NT870 428. A long ditch running between NT8716 4281 and NT8690 4283 and abutted by shorter ditches coincides with the given location of the site of Tillmouth village (Oblique aerial photograph reference number NMR NT 8742/45 (2233/11) 20-JUL-1982). (PastScape)

Given map reference for St Cuthberts Chapel which stands on the site of a chapel mentioned in 1311 and which was, presumably, close to the tower.
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