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North Middleton Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ060851
Latitude 55.15950° Longitude -1.90810°

North Middleton Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


A list of 1415 mentions, and a survey of c. 1715 refers to, remains of a tower at North Middleton (Bates 1891; Hodgson 1916).
Nothing resembling a tower exists in the present village, and its site cannot be distinguished from other minor depopulation remains scattered around the perimeter (F1 DS 08-OCT-68).
North Middleton has not existed at any time in the Wansbeck Valley. Dodds suggests the explanation for the reference to a tower there is that the original settlement was plain Middleton. Later, as buildings appeared on the hill to the North, they were grouped together and gained the title North Middleton to differentiate the two settlements, but as North Middleton grew to prominence, the new 'North' prefix was dropped and the older settlement gained the prefix 'South', which remains. This suggests that Middleton Hall occupies the site of the tower, although there is nothing there to indicate a pele (Dodds 1999). (PastScape)

Called a turris in the 1415 list and as 'remains of an old pile' in 1715. The probability was this was a solar tower attached to an unfortified hall.
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