Belling Pele, Kielder Water
Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower, and also as a Questionable Bastle
There are no visible remains
|Name||Belling Pele, Kielder Water
|Alternative Names||Kielder Water
There was formerly a Pele at Belling (MacLauchlan 1867).
There appear to be no remains of this Pele. A probable site is Belling Crags (F2 ASP 02-AUG-56).
The Belling is a farmhouse with outbuildings of no great age, situated at the foot of precipitous crags, and above a S facing slope of pasture, overlooking the River North Tyne valley. No evidence of antiquity was found in or around the farmstead. No owner could be contacted.
Belling Crags rise to 674 feet above OD, and present an excellent postion for a defensive tower. There is good all round visibility, along the N Tyne valley to the E, S and W, and up the valley of the Belling burn to the N. The position overlooks a great stretch of moorland to the N and E. On all sides of the hill-top are precipitous crags or steep pasture slopes. There are no traces of antiquity to be seen (Clarke 1956). (PastScape)
The barn at Belling survived until 1980. It had walls five feet thick, but no other details are known. (Dodds 1999)
Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
|OS Map Grid Reference||NY694881