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Nesbit Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Nesbit in Glendale; Nesbette; Nesbitt; Nesebitt

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NT983334
Latitude 55.59551° Longitude -2.02736°

Nesbit Tower has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


A tower is mentioned at Nesbit in a document dated 1415. Its remains were recorded in about 1715 but its exact site is no longer known. (Keys to the Past)

A tower at Nesbit is mentioned in a list dated 1415 (Dodds 1935).
Remains are mentioned in a survey of c.1715 (Hodgson).
There is no local knowledge of a tower at Nesbit, and its site could not be established (F1 DK 01-FEB-67).
The tower was built shortly before 1415 by Thomas Grey, and was abandoned in 1603, although the remains were visible in 1715 (King 1983; Dodds 1999). (PastScape)

In 1415 the tower here belonged to Sir Thomas Grey. In 1541 the tower was "longe synce for lack of reparacons decayed & fallen & no fortress there now remayneth". Remains noted in 1715.
The site is lost but is likely to be under the modern farm buildings at Nesbit. The form of the tower is not known, it is called a turris in the 1415 list which is generally a term used for smaller tower houses. The lack of remains may suggests a masonry solar tower attached to a timber framed hall rather than a masonry tower house.
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