Newbiggin Pele, Heighington

Has been described as a Possible Pele Tower

There are no visible remains

NameNewbiggin Pele, Heighington
Alternative NamesNewbigging; Heighton
Historic CountryDurham
Modern AuthorityDarlington
1974 AuthorityCounty Durham
Civil ParishHeighington

"The old house of Newbiggin stands low, near some wild broken ground, with a brook or runner in front. The walls are of solid masonry, and the chief staircase of stone. There are, or were, the remains of something like a peal or tower on the west (Surtees).

The remains of a Pele or tower on the west are now taken down (Makenenzie and Ross).

"There is no tower here, but about 50 years ago a building (site pointed out) was pulled down and in the walls were very narrow windows - this may have been the tower." (local oral report) "There is no trace of this presumably medieval peel." (Field Investigators Comments–F1 JHO 26-JUL-54). (PastScape)

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ221240
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 139 (possible)
  • Mackenzie, E. and Ross, M., 1834, An Historical, Topographical and Descriptive View of the County Palatine of Durham Vol. 2 p. 169-70 online copy
  • Surtees, R., 1823, The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham Vol. 3 (Durham) p. 309 online transcription


  • Hadcock, R.N., 1939, 'A map of mediaeval Northumberland and Durham' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser4) Vol. 16 p. 148-218 esp 198