Milfield Tower

Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower

There are masonry footings remains

NameMilfield Tower
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishMilfield

Milfield was included in John Warburton's 'Notices of Ruined Towers' in 1715, and local historians believe they hold evidence that tower foundations lie beneath farm buildings in the village. It is not documented in the surveys of 1541 or 1584. (PastScape ref. Dodds 1999)

Gatehouse Comments

Warburton's list was not just of towers and Milfield is included as a village. The 'local historians' mentioned by Dodds are not identified, the farm in the village (Demense Farm) seems to be of C19 origin and it appears the medieval village, which is first recorded in 1541, was a slightly different location from the modern village. Given the uncertainty and lack of checkable evidence must be considered as doubtful.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNT934338
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 83-4


  • Hodgson, J.C., 1916, 'List of Ruined Towers, Chapels, etc., in Northumberland; compiled about 1715 by John Warburton, Somerset Herald, aided by John Horsley' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser3) Vol. 13 p. 11