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Darden Lough Pele

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY96749558
Latitude 55.25436° Longitude -2.05270°

Darden Lough Pele has been described as a Pele Tower but is rejected as such, and also as a Uncertain but is rejected as such.

There are uncertain remains.


Both Darden Lough and High Rigg have been noted in old documents as the site of fortified watch towers, but the evidence is so scant it is impossible to say whether there was a tower at each, or a single tower with two names. (PastScape ref. Dodds 1999)

This pile of stones has sometimes been identified as the site of a pele tower, which is thought to have stood in this area. However, it is in fact the remains of a Bronze Age cairn. (Keys to the Past)

Dodds writes site is shown on old documents as the site of old watch towers. There is scant evidence on the ground. Darden Lough is famed as a source of leeches for early medics. King writes called a pele but rejects as a site as identified as a cairn. Is identified as a sheep fold on 1st edition OS so may possibly be relic of tower. Identified as Bronze Age Cairn in SMR and PastScape. It seems probable that the recorded 'Watch Towers' may have actual been simple shepherds shelters constructed from old cairns.
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