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Ilderton Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Turris de Ildirton

In the civil parish of Ilderton.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NU01662177
Latitude 55.48973° Longitude -1.97527°

Ilderton Tower has been described as a certain Tower House.

There are uncertain remains.

Description

Ilderton Tower is mentioned in a list of 1415, and in 1541, is described as'with a strong barmkin'. In 1715 it was in ruins. Its site is not certainly known, but the remains may be built into the present hall. Maclauchan's plan shows pecked outline adjoining the SW corner of the farmhouse at NU01662177 (Dodds 1935; Bates 1891; Maclauchan 1864).
The only possible remains of the tower are fragments of walling and a buttress incorporated in the garden wall in the position noted by Maclauchan. No trace of the barmkin survives (F1 ASP 25-NOV-55)
The buttress at NU0167421779 is 1.0m square and 3.5m high forming part of a wall extending from the southern corner of the
farmhouse. The other parts of the wall appear too thin to have been part of a tower. No other possible remains could be found in the area. No proof was found that this buttress was part of the original Ilderton Tower (F2 DSL 09-SEP-76). (PastScape)

Was considered to be be capably of lodging 50 soldiers in 1541 if repaired and described as a 'great tower' so presumably a tower house rather than a pele tower.
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This record last updated on Saturday, March 29, 2014

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