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Outchester Tower

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NU14033333
Latitude 55.59340° Longitude -1.77893°

Outchester Tower has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


There was a tower at Outchester, attached to the residence of the owner of the manor, of which all trace has now disappeared. It occurs in a deed of 1462 and other documents of the same period. In 1547 a "manor tower" is mentioned, and in 1605 the 'ancient house' is referred to (Bateson 1893).
There is no trace of this tower to be seen in the present farm buildings at Outchester or in the near vicinity (F1 JHO 31-MAR-55). (PastScape)

Medieval tower at Outchester, documented in 1462, 1547 and 1605. Demolished after the Act of Union. No traces visible. The survey of 1715 records in Outchester "an old house bellonging to Ld Derwentwatter". Is this a reference to this tower? It should be noted that the tower is not in the C16 surveys of Northumberland fortifications and its description as 'manor tower' is unusual. Is it possible that this was a domestic building with some elements of martial architecture but not really considered defensive?
Not to be confused with Spindlestone Ducket an C18 dovecot sometime called Outchester Tower.
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