Goswick Tower, Ancroft

Has been described as a Possible Pele Tower

There are no visible remains

NameGoswick Tower, Ancroft
Alternative NamesGosewick
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishAncroft

A survey of 1561 mentions a "good pile" at Goswick (NU 058451) in good repair and built upon the "inheritance of Thomas Swinhoe" (supposedly built since the survey of 1541) (Bates). The old mansion house of the Swinhoes stands on the "margin of the sea" not far from the mouth of the brook. It has been altered many times so that its original character can no longer be ascertained. There has apparently been a small courtyard in the north entered by a low arch way which still remains. This north side appears less disturbed than other parts. The walls are all thick and the rooms, now converted into stables, granaries, etc. are all low. Two rooms in an upper storey are largely original with ceilings of ornamental work in stucco. In the centre of one ceiling is the coat of arms of Thomas Swinhoe (died 1617) and his two wives, and a scroll containing the date '1611' (Raine). Goswick consists of a collection of farm buildings and cottages situated at NU 05804515. Mr. Bell, who has lived here for 30 years, has no knowledge of any remains which might have been the pele tower. Perambulation of the area produced no evidence of one (F1 ASP 16-NOV-55). (PastScape)

Not scheduled

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNU059451
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 53
  • Rowland, T.H., 1987 (reprint1994), Medieval Castles, Towers, Peles and Bastles of Northumberland (Sandhill Press) p. 23
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 348
  • Graham, Frank, 1976, The Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Frank Graham) p. 176
  • Long, B., 1967, Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) p. 109-10
  • Bates, C.J., 1891, Border Holds of Northumberland (London and Newcastle: Andrew Reid) p. 52-3 (Also published as the whole of volume 14 (series 2) of Archaeologia Aeliana view online)
  • Raine, J., 1852, History and Antiquities of North Durham (London) p. 186-7


  • Bates, C.J., 1891, 'Border Holds of Northumberland' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser2) Vol. 14 p. 52-3 online copy

Primary Sources

  • 1561, The Survey Booke of Norham and Ilandshire, taken and made in the 3rd year of our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth, Queen of England, etc. Survey of Norham and Islandshire