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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Yerdle; Yherdhill; Yerdehill; Yerdlun; Yardle; Yeardle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NT987262
Latitude 55.52944° Longitude -2.02091°

Earle has been described as a probable Pele Tower, and also as a certain Bastle.

There are no visible remains.


A survey of 1541 states that the township of Yerdle contains a 'bastell house without a barmekyn' and is the inheritance of Thomas Hebburn and Gilbert Scott (Bates 1891).
Dacre's map of 1584 shows this tower (this map, reproduced in Bates, has insufficient information for even approximate siting).
In the 17th century the Hebburn's lands were at South Earle and the Scott's at North Earle. The present (1935) houses at these places are of the early 19th century (Dodds 1935).
The present buildings at North Earle and South Earle show no traces of antiquity, and there is no local tradition of a tower (F1 EG 29-SEP-1955). (Northumberland HER)

There are no remains so the form of this bastle is not certain however 1541 is an early date for bastles and the 1541 survey was interested in buildings that were defensive and could hold a garrison so most probably a larger bastle, possible of three storeys with a vaulted basement, rather than the smaller pele-house type (c.f. Hepburn Bastle also mentioned in the same survey).
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