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Flotterton Tower, Snitter

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
ffortalicium de fflowayton

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NT999024
Latitude 55.31593° Longitude -1.99950°

Flotterton Tower, Snitter has been described as a probable Tower House, and also as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Sir Robert Ogle, owner of Hepple barony, had, in 1415, a small tower at Flotterton. This fortalice had soon disappeared, for in the 1541 Survey there is no mention made of a tower at Flotterton, nor are there any traces of it at the present time (Dixon 1903).
Flotterton comprises a large private dwelling house standing within ornamental grounds, with the home farm a little to the west. The whole is of a late period of construction. There are no traces of a preceding structure to be seen in or around the farmstead. The situation is upon gentle south-east pasture slopes, overlooking the Coquet valley to the south and east, and commanding gently rising slopes to the north and west. The owner, Mr Warton, has heard of no references to the Tower, and can offer no further information (F1 ASP 13-FEB-57). (PastScape)

Flotterton Fortalice. May have stood on the same site as Flotterton House (built 1826) (Long). (Northumberland HER)

Called a ffortalicium in the 1415 list which is a term used in that listing for larger towers (i.e. Blenkinsopp Castle) although it occurs far down the list amongst the smaller towers. Dixon's suggestion this was a small tower seems unsupported by other evidence but is not unreasonable given other analogues and the tenurial history.
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