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Low Stokoe Tower

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: NY73958605
Latitude 55.16829° Longitude -2.41174°

Low Stokoe Tower 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.


A pele formerly stood at Low Stokoe (MacLauchlan 1867).
The only traces of this tower that remain to mark its site are a number of foundation stones embedded in the earth immediately to the north of Low Stokoe farmhouse (NY 73958605) (F1 FDC 05-JUL-56).
Low Stokoe is a farmhouse with outbuildings, situated upon low-lying ground 350.0m north of the River North Tyne. The ground rises steeply to the north and visiblility is limited in that direction, and likewise so to east and west along the river valley on account of the flatness of the terrain. No traces of a pele were seen. The traces, referred to by Clarke apparently apply to an area of flagstones set in the ground 10.0m north of the farmhouse. They bear no signs of association with the remains of a pele tower. Mrs Bousfield, tenant-farmer's wife, of Low Stokoe, has no knowledge of the Pele (F2 ASP 20-JUL-56). (PastScape)

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) but the archaeological databases record this as a possible site of a 'pele tower'. Low Stokoe is an entirely probably site for a pele-house but rather less likely as the site for a gentry status hall with attached chamber tower (Pele Tower). The current farmhouse is C19 but may well sit on the footprint of a C17 pelehouse.
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