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Prudhoe Pele

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ09166341
Latitude 54.96473° Longitude -1.85821°

Prudhoe Pele has been described as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


In 1326 Roger Manuyt, the keeper of Prudhoe Castel, was ordered to construct a pele outside the gates of Prudhoe Castle. It was built between the two moats on the west side of the barbican where a chapel stood called "Our Lady of the Pele-yard". Stockdale in 1596 says the pele yard was entered from the barbican by a large "Gate Rowme". (Graham 1976)

In 20 Ed. II., Roger de Mauduit, constable of Prudhoe, was ordered to construct a certain pele without the gates of that castle, at the expense of twenty marks. (Abb. Rot. Orig. i., p. 299.) This appears to relate to the fortification of the area between the outer and the inner moats, in which stood the 'elder chapell' of 'Our Lady at the foot of the mount' (Wallis) and the 'lodgeings there scituate without the castle.' This pele was entered by_ 'a large gate-toure'_ to the west of the barbican (Stockdale).

Why this 'pele' (peli) should be built just outside a castle is unclear. Other authorities include this work with Prudhoe Castle. It is said that 'pele' in its original sense meant a wooden pallisade so this was probably just an extension to the castles barbican. However, pele did quite early develop a meaning as a separate building so it is possible that it may also have been a tower for the chaplain of the chapel.
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