Has been described as a Certain Pele Tower
There are masonry ruins/remnants remains
|Alternative Names||Hazlerigg; Heslerigg; Heselryg; Hasslerigg; Heselrigge; Hesellerygge
First mentioned c.1514 when it could hold a garrison of twenty men. In 1715, a house was built from the ruins (Dodds 1935).
No visible remains of tower or house. The site cannot be confirmed from local sources (i.e. estate maps and title apportionment) (F1 DS 20-JAN-1968).
There are several courses of substantial standing masonry with the wood at the mapped location which may be the remains of the tower. The adjacent front garden wall of the adjacent Old Hazelrigg Cottage contains further substantial stones which could have come from such a structure (pers. Comm J Penn, owner of Old Hazelrigg Cottage, 19-Dec-2012). (Northumberland HER)
The Hazelrigg family inherited Hazelrigg in the 13th century, but at the end of the 15th century, the last heiress had married Sir Thomas Haggerston and lived at Haggerston. When Sir Thomas died in 1507, his widow returned to Hazelrigg where her stepson built a new tower on the side of a hill for her protection. It was a large fortification capable of housing 20 soldiers. It was attacked by 300 Scots in 1515 and set ablaze. Although repaired by 1538, it was a low, incomplete building in good condition. The Scots returned in 1546 and 1588 after which there is no further documentation. In 1715 there is a reference to a house having been built on the site out of the tower's ruins.
There are several 'Hazelriggs' which qualify for the site - North, South, Old, Mill, Dean and Moss, but none without an adjective, so the house's exact position is unknown. (PastScape ref. Dodds 1999)
Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
|OS Map Grid Reference||NU056331