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Kyloe Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
East Kyloe; Kylay; Kilo

In the civil parish of Kyloe.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of County Palatinate of Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NU05913975
Latitude 55.65125° Longitude -1.90763°

Kyloe Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Kyloe tower house is well preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. It will contribute to any study of medieval settlement in the region. The monument includes the ruins of a late 14th or early 15th century medieval tower house situated on rising ground with extensive views northward towards the Northumberland coast. It is now part of a complex of farm buildings and its open views are obscured by trees to the north and east. The tower is rectangular in shape and measures 10m by 11.7m externally with walls of ashlar blocks about 2.5m thick. The tower stands to first floor level, marked by a chamfered plinth and chamfered set-back with walls 4.5m high. The original entrance to the ground floor lies at the west end of the south wall. It is now concealed externally by 19th century farm buildings. There is a single window loop in the east and west walls at ground floor level, but the eastern window loop has been enlarged to create an opening for access to the interior which is covered by a barrel vault. Internally, there is evidence of a possible loft structure at the springing of the vault, with the corbels which supported the wooden beams visible on the interior of the north and south walls. Access to the upper floors was by means of a newel stair in the south west corner entered through a small lobby. The south wall of the stair is the only part to stand above first floor level and has two square-headed window loops. The tower, which is Listed Grade II, is first mentioned in documents around 1450, was described as in good repair in 1560 and still inhabited in 1633. (Scheduling Report)

The tower is first mentioned circa 1450 and in 1560 is described as in good repair. It was still inhabited in 1633, but has since fallen into decay. In its original form, it consisted of a square tower standing in the N.W. corner of a small courtyard, the outline of which, to the east and south, may still be traced, although obscured by modern farm buildings. (PastScape ref. Bates)
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