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Titlington Tower

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NU09871509
Latitude 55.43013° Longitude -1.84557°

Titlington Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Documents written in 1541 mention a ruined tower at Titlington. There is no sign of a medieval motte and bailey at Titlington Hall today, although a mound in the garden is traditionally thought to have been the site of the motte. It is more certain that a pele tower stood on the site. The pele tower was either completely demolished or incorporated into a new house in 1745. In 1824, the 1745 building was demolished and replaced. (Keys to the Past)

In a survey made in 1541 it is stated that at Titlington there was a 'little tower of the princes inheritance decayed'... belonging to the suppressed monastery of Kyrkehm (Hodgson 1924).
The site of Titlington Hall is a nearly level piece of ground on a saddle between Titlington and Jennys Lantern Hill. Here there seems to have stood a small motte and bailey a short distance S of the present mansion with the front lawn on the site of the bailey. At some date in the middle ages the motte was lowered and a pele tower erected; its enclosure extended North eastwards c 75 yards where the traditional site of the gateway is marked by a small mound and hawthorn tree. In 1745 Roger Pearson either cleared away or altered the pele and built a house whose surviving trace is the date 1745 cut at the W corner of the (present) building (Dodds 1935). (PastScape)

Some sources suggest the tower was built on the summit of the supposed motte of Titlington castle and that the motte was truncated when the tower was demolished. However the evidence for this is slight and it may be the small tower was on the site of the later house.
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