The comprehensive gazetteer and bibliography of the medieval castles, fortifications and palaces of England, Wales, the Islands.
The listings
Other Info
Print Page 
Next Record 
Previous Record 
Back to list 

Belling Pele, Kielder Water

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Kielder Water

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY694881
Latitude 55.18682° Longitude -2.48123°

Belling Pele, Kielder Water has been described as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are no visible remains.


There was formerly a Pele at Belling (MacLauchlan 1867).
There appear to be no remains of this Pele. A probable site is Belling Crags (F2 ASP 02-AUG-56).
The Belling is a farmhouse with outbuildings of no great age, situated at the foot of precipitous crags, and above a S facing slope of pasture, overlooking the River North Tyne valley. No evidence of antiquity was found in or around the farmstead. No owner could be contacted.
Belling Crags rise to 674 feet above OD, and present an excellent postion for a defensive tower. There is good all round visibility, along the N Tyne valley to the E, S and W, and up the valley of the Belling burn to the N. The position overlooks a great stretch of moorland to the N and E. On all sides of the hill-top are precipitous crags or steep pasture slopes. There are no traces of antiquity to be seen (Clarke 1956). (PastScape)

The barn at Belling survived until 1980. It had walls five feet thick, but no other details are known. (Dodds 1999)

The records for this site are difficult to interpret. The map ref given is marked 'The Belling' on the 1894 OS map. It is unlikely there was pele tower on the Belling Crags, as hinted at Clarke. The list of 'Pele Towers' given by an old resident to MacLauchlan were probably all pele-houses (i.e. bastles - the term 'pele' causing some confusion).
Links to archaeological and architectural databases, mapping and other online resources

Data >
PastScape   County HER            
Maps >
Streetmap   NLS maps   Where's the path   Old-Maps      
Data/Maps > 
Magic   V. O. B.   Geology   LiDAR   Open Domesday  
Air Photos > 
Bing Maps   Google Maps   Getmapping   ZoomEarth      
Photos >
CastleFacts   Geograph   Flickr   Panoramio      

Sources of information, references and further reading
Most of the sites or buildings recorded in this web site are NOT open to the public and permission to visit a site must always be sought from the landowner or tenant.
It is an offence to disturb a Scheduled Monument without consent. It is a destruction of everyone's heritage to remove archaeological evidence from ANY site without proper recording and reporting.
Don't use metal detectors on historic sites without authorisation.
The information on this web page may be derived from information compiled by and/or copyright of Historic England, County Historic Environment Records and other individuals and organisations. It may also contain information licensed under the Open Government Licence. All the sources given should be consulted to identify the original copyright holder and permission obtained from them before use of the information on this site for commercial purposes.
The author and compiler of Gatehouse does not receive any income from the site and funds it himself. The information within this site is provided freely for educational purposes only.
The bibliography owes much to various bibliographies produced by John Kenyon for the Council for British Archaeology, the Castle Studies Group and others.
Suggestions for finding online and/or hard copies of bibliographical sources can be seen at this link.
Minor archaeological investigations, such as watching brief reports, and some other 'grey' literature is most likely to be held by H.E.R.s but is often poorly referenced and is unlikely to be recorded here, or elsewhere, but some suggestions can be found here.
The possible site or monument is represented on maps as a point location. This is a guide only. It should be noted that OS grid references defines an area, not a point location. In practice this means the actual center of the site or monument may often, but not always, be to the North East of the point shown. Locations derived from OS grid references and from latitude longitiude may differ by a small distance.
Further information on mapping and location can be seen at this link.
Please help to make this as useful a resource as possible by contacting Gatehouse if you see errors, can add information or have suggestions for improvements in functality and design.
Help is acknowledged.
This record last updated 26/07/2017 09:21:28

Home | Books | Links | Fortifications and Castles | Other Information | Help | Downloads | Author Information | Contact