Byrness Tower

Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower

There are no visible remains

NameByrness Tower
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishRochester

Site of a tower marked on OS 1st ed (1863) and OS revised (1896). It may have been a folly used for observations. Local tradition cites it as a beacon on which a fire was lit in times of trouble. (Northumberland HER)

Gatehouse Comments

The location of the tower marked on the C19 Os maps is now marked by a trig point. This seems a most unlikely location for a residence. There are also some weaknesses to the suggestion this was a beacon site (who would man the beacon and where would they shelter?). The site lies on the Pennine Way and it may be the 'tower' was a cairn marking an earlier route way.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNT773032
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  • Simpson, G., 2012, Archaeology not on Northumberland Database. Unpublished and unpaginated
  • Long, B., 1988, List of Ancient Monuments - The Kielder Forests. Unpublished (Forestry Commission)