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Whitfield Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Turris de Whitfeld

In the civil parish of Plenmeller with Whitfield.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY778564
Latitude 54.90183° Longitude -2.34770°

Whitfield Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are uncertain remains.

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


The Whitfield family built a manor house at Whitfield after 1160, and by 1415 had built a fortified tower or tower house. This had been replaced before 1750 when the property was described as being 'large, square, and of no great antiquity'. This building was razed in 1785, and replaced by the nucleus of the present Whitfield Hall. Altered in 1856. (PastScape)

William Ord purchased property at Whitfield in 1750 and William Newton suggested a principal house should be planned. However, it was not until William Ord's son, also William, inherited the property in 1768 that William Newton was asked to provide estimates for a new principal house at Whitfield, which had to include remains of a pele tower and an Elizabethan wing. The mansion is five bays wide and two storeys high. Another storey and other additions were made in 1856. (Northumberland HER ref. Willis 2007)

Whitfield Hall. Remains of the medieval Whitfield Tower are said to be incorporated in the rear wing, but nothing recognizable survives. (Pevsner et al 2001)

Called a turris in the 1415 list which suggests a small tower, probably a solar tower attached an unfortified hall.
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