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Lowick Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Bastle Corner; Lowyke; Lowicke; Lawkye

In the civil parish of Lowick.
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: NU01373962
Latitude 55.65012° Longitude -1.97978°

Lowick Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


The tower at Lowick was built in the second half of the 14th century and in 1388 is mentioned as being in the extent of Sir Alan Heton's land at Lowick. c1514 it was intimated that the tower could lodge 80 men, and in 1580 was in need of repair. In 1584 the cost of repair was estimated at £50. The site of the tower is not known, but the north corner of Lowick Hall Farm (NU01373962) is called by old people Bastle Corner, and was probably its site (Dodds, 1935).
No trace of a tower in the position indicated or in any of the buildings in the vicinity. The evidence of siting is apparently purely traditional (F1 EG 17-NOV-55).
The tower or bastle was built, along with a chapel, before 1415 to lodge travellers to Lindisfarne. Raids in the area virtually ceased after 1380, so the tower may have been a deterrent then. By 1541 the tower was damaged, and although recommended for repair in 1581, it was not repaired. (PastScape)

Rowland writes two towers stood at Lowick, one a vicar's pele. Presumably this one would be the vicars pele and the other 'Lowick' tower was Holburn Tower
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