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East Ditchburn Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
East Didgburn

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NU14022146
Latitude 55.48675° Longitude -1.77968°

East Ditchburn Tower has been described as a probable Pele Tower, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are no visible remains.


A survey of c 1715 refers to an old fortified tower at East Ditchburn (Hodgson 1916).
The foundations stand about 100 yards to the NE of the present farmhouse and near the site of the old pond (ie at NU 14022146) (Wilson 1886).
There are no visible remains. The field to the east of the farm has been ploughed many times but no foundations have been encountered. The old pond was at NU 14002142 (F1 EG 18-FEB-55).
The tower at nearby South Charlton was built in 1450 by the second Earl of Northumberland for the protection of his tenants, and this tower may have been built at the same time. It was described as being very old in 1715 (Dodds 1999). (PastScape)

Dodds suggested mid C15 date is speculation. No tower is mentioned in the C16 surveys and Warburton's survey may be subject to some errors, the tower was described as 'old' (no intensifier) but that could just make it a late C16 bastle of some form or even a ruinous thick wall domestic/agricultural building of no defensive quality. The minimal remains certainly suggest a small building.
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