Chatton Vicars Pele

Has been described as a Certain Pele Tower

There are no visible remains

NameChatton Vicars Pele
Alternative NamesChatton Vicarage
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishChatton

C19 vicarage, standing on the site of a pre-1415 vicar's pele. The pele tower is recorded in surveys of 1415 and 1541, the latter describing it as decayed. A new vicarage was built on the site between 1713 and 1736 and rebuilt in 1844. No trace of the medieval pele tower is now visible. The tower foundations are under the lawn of the East Longstone House. One of "two little towers without barmkins' mentioned in 1541.

The first known vicarage of Chatton was a pele tower, which is mentioned in 1415 and again in 1541 when it is described as "the site of the vicar's house with an orchard and two other gardens within a wall". The same survey later mentions the vicarage as being in great decay and that it should be repaired as a defence for the town in time of war. Between 1713 and 1736 a new vicarage was built on part of the glebe, and in 1844 it was rebuilt on the same site (Dodds 1935).

A 19th century Vicarage is on the site and there are no traces of antiquity (F1 ASP 02-DEC-55).

The site of the tower is under the lawn of East Longstone House (King 1983). (PastScape)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNU056281
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 100
  • Salter, Mike, 1997, The Castles and Tower Houses of Northumberland (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 114 (slight)
  • Graham, Frank, 1993, Northumberian Castles Aln, Tweed and Till (Butler Publishing) p. 7
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  • Graham, Frank, 1976, The Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Frank Graham) p. 100
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  • Dodds, Madeleine Hope (ed), 1935, Northumberland County History (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Vol. 14 p. 195, 207
  • Bates, C.J., 1891, Border Holds of Northumberland (London and Newcastle: Andrew Reid) p. 19, 23 (Also published as the whole of volume 14 (series 2) of Archaeologia Aeliana view online)


  • Bates, C.J., 1891, 'Border Holds of Northumberland' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser2) Vol. 14 p. 19, 23 online copy

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