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Pawston Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NT85533278
Latitude 55.58851° Longitude -2.23119°

Pawston Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.


Pre 1541 Pele Tower built up into house. A stone vault covers the basement. (Keys to the Past)

Embedded in modern house at Paston, a medieval tower with vaulted basement (Pevsner 1957).
Survey of 1541 refers to a small, unfinished tower without a barmkin (Bates 1891).
Remains of the tower are incorporated into the interior of the house (F1 RWE 22-DEC-66). (PastScape)

Jerard Selbye, of Pawston, two miles from Scotland, may dispend 10l. by year. He may serve the king with 8 horsemen. He hath builded a stone house, now lately on the Borders, and plenished the ground, which hath laid waste sith the Scottish field, and is a sharp borderer. (L&P Hen VIII 1535)

From the 1541 list "... one Garrarde Selbye gent. of late purchased this towne and in yt hath buylded a lytle tower wthout a barmekyn not fully fynyshed"

Gentry status 'tower'. The actual form of this building is unclear beyond it apparently having a vaulted basement. It seems unlikely this was the all the accommodation for the reasonably well off Selby so, presumably, a chamber block attached to other, unfortified, buildings.
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