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Elwick Tower of Thomas Bradforth

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
'Turris Thomas Bradforth in Elwicke'; Ellwick

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NU115369
Latitude 55.62549° Longitude -1.81790°

Elwick Tower of Thomas Bradforth has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Site of shrunken village of Elwick. One of two pele towers were recorded in the survey of 1415, and extant in 1561, but no trace of such structures survives. (PastScape)

Elwick a small village not far from ye sea, with ye ruin of two ancient piles belonging to Lord Ossleston (Survey of 1715 quoted in Hodgson 1916)

n medieval times the ownership of Elwick was divided between the Bishop of Durham and the barons of Wooler. It is mentioned in historic documents dating back to the 13th century when five people were liable for tax. In the 15th century two towers are mentioned, although there is no trace of them today. In the 18th century a small village is shown on a map of 1769 together with two ruins at the west end. Today there is a farm and some cottages, behind which is a raised platform with six broad ridges nearly 50m in length with a hollow way on its east side and these may be the back of a village toft. (Keys to the Past)

The lack of remains and the status of the towers owners (and tenants) suggest this was a small solar tower attached to a hall rather than a tower house.
The actual site is lost. Map reference for centre of hamlet.
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