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Hill House 'Tower', Tarset

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY76168692
Latitude 55.17601° Longitude -2.37588°

Hill House 'Tower', Tarset has been described as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


(NY 76188691) A pele formerly stood at Hill House (MacLauchlan 1867).
This tower has yet to be identified (Clarke)
Hill House is a farmhouse situated upon the top of a pasture-covered hill. It bears no traces of antiquity. The nearby stone dykes were examined but no stones were seen that could be associated with a Pele tower. The site is an ideal one, with a commanding view in all directions, particularly over the road valley of the River North Tyne to the south, and up the valley of the Thorney Burn to the north. This burn flows immediately to the east of the site in a deep narrow ravine, whose precipitous rocky sides provide a strong natural defence to the east and north.
50.0m to the NW of the farmhouse is a low grassy elevation, 12.0m by 10.0m in size, of a maximum height of 0.5m, and containing much loose stone. Though there are no indications of antiquity, the mound suggests a very probable position for a former Pele, being on the highest part of the hill-top, NY 76168692.
Mr Ions, of Low Thorneyburn, owner of Hill House, has no knowledge of a Pele formerly at the farmstead (F1 FDC 05-JUL-56). (PastScape)

Recorded by MacLauchlan in a list of local 'Pele Towers' given to him by an old resident - most of these 'towers' actually were bastles or pele-houses. The location is much more likely as a pele-house (i.e. a tenanted farmstead) than a pele tower (i.e. gentry status dwelling).
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