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Rothley Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Roadley; Rotheley; turrim de Rothlee

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ043880
Latitude 55.18627° Longitude -1.93399°

Rothley Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Rothley Tower, mentioned in a survey of 1541 as being in good repair, was demolished prior to 1818. It stood behind an old three-storeyed hall there (Hodgson).
Probably built about 1467 (Bates).
No trace of the tower or hall survives. They probably stood in the area of depopulation centred NZ 043880 (NZ 08 NW 13), but the site of neither is distinguishable, and there is no local knowledge of them (Field Investigators Comments–F1 DS 09-SEP-68). (PastScape)

John Birtley, Abbot of Newminster, built (probably in about 1467), a tower at Rothley 'Perembulacio bundarum communae pasturae de Rothlee, capta per dominum Johannem Birtlee, abbatem Novi Monasterii, qui aedificavit turrim de Rothlee in diebus suis.'– Newminster Chartulary p. 262. (Bates 1891)

Rothley Castle, north of the village, is a folly of about 1755, which, according to Hodgson originally had 'a gigantic statue at each corner' these were destroyed by local 'faws' (gypsies) before 1827.
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