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Settlingstones Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Settlingstone; Satylyngestones; Satlingstones; Satlyngestones

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY845682
Latitude 55.00838° Longitude -2.24251°

Settlingstones Tower has been described as a probable Pele Tower, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are no visible remains.


At Satlyngestones (name Settlingstones NY 84696826 - O.S.6" 1920) is a tower of the inheritance of William Carnabye, esquire, in measurable good repair (Hodgson 1828).
The farmhouse and outbuildings are all of a late period of construction. No traces of antiquity can be found in or around the farmstead.
The tenant, Mr Cookson, can offer no historical information.
The site is level ground against a very gentle east slope, which overlooks the Settlingstones Burn Valley to the north and east. The ground rises south-wards to a pasture ridge beyond a small vale (F1 ASP 26-OCT-1956). (Northumberland HER)

Site of a Medieval tower house recorded in 1541 “At Satlyngestones ys a toure of thinherytaunce of Will'm Carnabye esquier in measurable good rep'aco'ns” No visible remains. (Derived from PastScape)

The form of this 'tower' is not known but the status of the owner suggests a small tower or, possibly, a superior bastle. Most authors seem to assume a tower house and this is not an unreasonable assumption.
PastScape locate this quite precisely to NY84696826, but that is only the location where the written name Settlingstone was placed on the that 1920 map. The visible rig and furrow does limit where the C16 house could have stood and it's most likely situation is the site occupied by the modern house or associated farm buildings.
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