Broughton in Amounderness

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House, and also as a Possible Pele Tower

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameBroughton in Amounderness
Alternative NamesBroughton in Preston
Historic CountryLancashire
Modern AuthorityLancashire
1974 AuthorityLancashire
Civil ParishPreston

Broughton Tower was built as a fortified manor house by one of the Singletons, a family mentioned in 1471. In the 16th century, the Tower was a strongly built house surrounded by a moat. The last remains were taken down in 1800 (Fishwick 1901; VCH 1912).

There are no surfaces indications of the Tower other than a slight rise at the published site. Only the north west side of the moat is well defined, the remainder is mutilated and partly filled in, but can still be traced (F1 EG 20-FEB-58). (PastScape)

Was built as a fortified manor-house by one of the Singletons. In the sixteenth century it was a strongly built house, well suited for defence, and surrounded by a moat. The last remains of the place were taken down in 1800. In 1515, during a family feud, one of the parties entered 'the chief place or tower," and kept possession vi et armis. They also broke into the chapel there, and placed "gownnys (guns) crossbowys and other artillery of wer," and when the other parties appeared they, "caused a bagpipe to play and in great deryson daunced." After this there was a good deal of shooting, but ultimately the aggressors were bound over to keep the peace. No drawing of this ancient tower has been preserved. (Fishwick)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSD541335
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  • Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles and Tower Houses of Lancashire and Cheshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 23
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 248
  • Gibson, Leslie Irving, 1977, Lancashire Castles and Towers (Dalesman Books)
  • Farrer, William and Brownbill, J. (eds), 1912, VCH Lancashire Vol. 7 p. 118 online transcription
  • Fishwick, 1907, 'Castles and Fortified Houses' in Fishwick and P.H. Ditchfield (eds), Memorials of Old Lancashire (London: Bemrose and sons) Vol. 2 p. 21 online copy


  • Fishwick, H., 1901, 'The Old Castles of Lancashire.' Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society Vol. 19 p. 75 online copy