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Grindonrigg Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Grindon Rigg; Grindonridge; Grindon Ridge; Grydon

In the civil parish of Duddo.
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: NT92524310
Latitude 55.68133° Longitude -2.12050°

Grindonrigg Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Tower at Grindonrigg mentioned in Surveys of 1542 and 1560. A mansion house built by Thomas Watson M.P. (died 1766) probably supercedes the tower mentioned in the Survey of 1560 (Hodgson; Raine). The house and associated buildings are deserted and in a state of decay. There are no traces of antiquity anywhere in the area (F1 ASP 10-NOV-55). The tower at Grindonrigg was built after 1510 by Thomas Selby. It was sold to Willam Strother of Fowberry in 1694, but he did not want to live in Grindonrigg and did nothing to keep the tower in repair. His grandson built the Georgian house, probably on the site of the tower (Dodds; King). (PastScape)

The Georgian house now appears to have totally disappeared, although the stables and outbuilding still survive.
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