Ravenshill Pele, Kielder

Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower

There are no visible remains

NameRavenshill Pele, Kielder
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishKielder

The ruins of Ravenshill Pele were identified on a promontory, south east of Ravenshill Farm, in 1956. Nothing can be seen here today. (Keys to the Past)

(NY 62719429) Ravenshill Pele, situated on an elevated site above the junction of two streams, SE of the farm of that name (Ravenshill). Now only the remains exist (F1 FDC 05-JUL-56).

The site occurs on an elevated promontory above the confluence of two streams. An extensive preambulation of the area, which is now covered by a dense undergrowth revealed no traces of building remains, or foundations.

Situated at approximately 730 feet above sea level and overlooked by higher ground only from the east, a pele on the promontory would, in the absence of the afforestation which has recently taken place in the neighbourhood, command an extensive view along the valley of the River North Tyne to the north, west and south.

No information could be obtained from Ravenshill Farmhouse which is at present unoccupied, or from Forestry Commission officers (F2 DAD 14-AUG-56). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Gatehouse suspects this is a duplicate of Kilder, a site described by MacLauchlan in 1867 as a enclosure. There seems to be no real evidence of a tower house of any form here.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY627942
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  • Clarke, H.F., 1905-56, The Towers & Fortified Houses of Northumerland