Devils Causeway Tower, Netherwitton

Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower

There are masonry footings remains

NameDevils Causeway Tower, Netherwitton
Alternative NamesHighbush Wood
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishNetherwitton

The Causeway (Devils Causeway) is faintly visible about 30 yards below the ruins of a cottage, where it emerges from the wood (Dixon's Wood) (MacLauchlan 1864).

The remains of an ancient Tower (Revision ONB 1921. p.2).

NZ 11549120. The remains of a structure are situated upn a ridge of afforested land at approximately 410ft above sea-level, with a good view in all directions. The site has been recently planted with youngfirs and was not closely investigated. The foundations, of small unknown stones, appear to be those of a small steading with a garth upon the south east side. The building was approximately 15.0m long, 8.0m wide. The walls do not appear to have been of any great strength. No fashioned stone is visible. In view of the lack of literary evidence, it is doubtful whether these remains are those of a tower. (F1 ASP 15-JAN-57)

Condition as given by ASP correct, the fragmentary remains of this building contain no material which could be associated with a tower, peel, castle or defended house of the type which are encountered in this county. MacLauchlan's supposition of a cottage is more probably correct (F2 FC 24-JAN-57).

Remains destroyed by deep furrow ploughing (F3 BHP 19-JUL-71). (PastScape)

This was the site of a medieval fortified tower. The foundations of the building were still visible until the 19th century, but ploughing has now destroyed them. (Keys to the Past)

Gatehouse Comments

King writes 'Marked on some OS maps as tower but now considered to be remains of cottage.' Long records as 'remains of an irregular shaped tower.' Seems likely that the location of some ruins adjacent to the line of the Roman road has resulted in some fanciful identification.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ115912
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 361 (reject)
  • Long, B., 1967, Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) p. 137
  • MacLauchlan, H. 1864, Memoir written during a survey of the eastern branch of the Watling Street (London) p. 12 online copy