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Holburn Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NU040361
Latitude 55.61919° Longitude -1.93651°

Holburn Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Possible site of a tower at Holburn. Built by the monks of Lindisfarne between 1350 and 1415. In 1514 it was said to be suitable for a garrison of 20 men. It suffered in a raid in 1516 and was reconditioned as a tower by 1541 with a barmkin. Abandoned shortly after 1553. (PastScape)

A tower at Holburn is first mentioned in a list of 1415. In 1509 it was stated to be capable of holding 20 horsemen. A survey of 1541 describes the tower and barmkin at Holburn as being in good repair (Bates).
There is no evidence or tradition of this at Holburn (F1 ASP 18-NOV-55)
Built by the monks of Lindisfarne between 1350 and 1415. In 1514 it was said to be suitable for a garrison of 20 men. It suffered in a raid in 1516 and was reconditioned as a tower by 1541 with a barmkin. Abandoned shortly after 1553 (Dodds 1999; King 1983). (PastScape)

The site is lost but, presumably, in Holborn township. The site is possibly under a later building.
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