Newstead Tower, Adderstone with Lucker

Has been described as a Certain Pele Tower

There are no visible remains

NameNewstead Tower, Adderstone with Lucker
Alternative NamesNewstead near Bamborough; Newstede
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishAdderstone with Lucker

A tower at Newstead (NU 151272) is mentioned in 1405 and in a list of 1415 (Bateson 1893).

There are no visible remains. What are believed to have been foundation stones were ploughed up many years ago in a field centred at

NU 15132708. It is now under pasture (F1 BHP 12-MAR-1969). (Northumberland HER)

Newstead is only distant about one mile and a half from Ellingham, the centre of the Gaugy barony. The branch of the Clifl'ord family, which settled in the district after the Gaugy family had died out, was distinguished by the additional appellation 'du Nouvel Lieu' or 'del Newstede.' In 1347 John de Clifford, who succeeded his brother Robert de Clifford, gave to the brethren of Hulne a quarter of wheat, a quarter of barley, and two quarters of oats yearly for ever from his manor of Newstead. The tower, which was attached to the 'court ' there, is mentioned for the first time in the year 1405. It was then held along with the tower at Alnham by the adherents of the earl of Northumberland.

Newstead passed with Ellingham in 1366 to Joan de Coupland, and afterwards through trustees to the Ogles. The tower of Newstead, held by Sir Robert Ogle, is mentioned in the list of towers compiled in the year 1415.' Shortly afterwards the township passed to the Harbottles, on the occasion of the marriage of Sir Robert Harbottle to Margaret Ogle. It is specially mentioned in the marriage settlement dated the 14th of June, 1424. Through the Harbottles it came, like Ellingham, into the hands of the Percy family.

The place was destroyed by the Scots of Teviotdale in 1532. The earl of Northumberland, writing to Henry VIII

on the 22nd of October, 1532, says: ' Your Highnes shall perceyve that notoryosly and heynously, as well by worde, as shewing that same in actes in spyte of me, the Scottes of Tyvydale, with the nombre of 300 personages and above, Launce Carr beyne theyre governer, whiche is a deputye of the Marchyes, hathe not only brunte a towne of myne called Alenam on Thursday, being the loth day of this instanth monthe of Octobre, with all the corne, hay, and howseholde stuf in the said towne, and also a woman ; but also uppon Friday, next after, tooke up annother towne of myne called Newstede, 200 hed of cataill, 26 prisoners, and haithe shamefully murdered 2 yonge spryngaldes, the eldest of theyme not above 15 yere olde: the whiche actes, to be notable according to your Highnes instructions, dyverse of your captaynes of the garysons doth not defyne, by reason wherof your garysons dothe not ryde, to further of your Highnes pleasure be knawen.'

Again, in 1536, during the troubles of the 'Pilgrimage of Grace,' Sir Ingram Percy ' thought to have cast down a house of Thomas Gray's called Newstede, and by certain motions of men in his company did forbear the same at that time.' (Bateson 1893)

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNU151270
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 130-1
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  • King, Andy, 2007, 'Fortress and fashion statements: gentry castles in fourteenth-century Northumberland' Journal of Medieval History Vol. 33 p. 376
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Primary Sources

  • Gardiner, J. (ed), 1880, Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII Vol. 5 1531-31 p. 616-7 online copy
  • 1415, Nomina Castrorum et Fortaliciorum infra Comitatum Northumbrie online transcription