Warenmouth Tower

Has been described as a Certain Bastle

There are no visible remains

NameWarenmouth Tower
Alternative NamesNewton near Bamburgh; Budle Bay; Newtown Pele
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishBamburgh

In the small village of Newtown are the remains of an ' ancient pile' (from a survey of c1715) (Hodgson 1916).

First mentioned in 1628 (Bateson 1893).

Newtown is now a single farmstead at NU 16193547. There are no visible remains of a tower in the present buildings, or in the vicinity (F1 RWE 04-NOV-68). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

There was once a chartered town here, the port of Bamburgh, founded in the mid C13, but that port and township seem to have been short lived being out of mind by the late C16. It was called a tower in 1628 but was marked as a 'bastile' on a map of 1781. The actual form is unknown and early modern uses of term like tower, pele and bastle can be fairly inter-changeable. However it seems the likely construction date is late C16 or even early C17 and this would suggest a bastle type building rather than the multi-storey tower houses of medieval period.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNU161354
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 142
  • Salter, Mike, 1997, The Castles and Tower Houses of Northumberland (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 114 (slight)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 352
  • Graham, Frank, 1976, The Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Frank Graham) p. 281
  • Bateson, Edward (ed), 1893, Northumberland County History (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Vol. 1 p. 197 online copy


  • 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. 5 abridged transcription