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Shoreswood Tower

In the civil parish of Shoreswood.
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: NT958465
Latitude 55.71239° Longitude -2.06763°

Shoreswood Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Shoreswood Tower, destroyed in 1496, was about 2 miles west and by south from Berwick within a mile and a half of the border of Scotland (John Lelands Survey c.1538). In Sept. 1584 the decayed remains were in the occupation of a Mr. Selbye (Bates, 1891). One of the towers cast down by James IV of Scotland in the raid of 1496. Although considerably damaged, the survey of 1584 reported it as being 'very fit and convenient to defend the country and annoy yhte enemy', although the cost of bringing it into operation was estimated to be £240. It was never repaired (Dodds, 1999). (PastScape)

Shorsewoode Towre belonginge to the decane and chapter of Duresme standinge neere Tweede about two myles west and by south from Berwick within a myle and a half of the border of Scotland decaied by warres and partlye by meanes as aforesayd but by whome to be repaired we cannot learne otherwise then either by her majestye in respect to have the use of the same in tymes of service, or by the Lords and owners. This towne or fortresse we doe thincke a verye fitte and convenient place as well to defend the countrye as annoye the enemye upon the opposite border if it were repared the charges of which reparacions we esteem to two hundreth and fortye pounds. (Christopher Dacre, 1584)

The PastScape record reference to "John Lelands Survey" seems to be erroneous probably for the Dacre report.
The site is lost. Shoreswood Hall is a grade II listed early C18 house which may represent a possible location, given the tendency to reuse high status site but this unsupported supposition.
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