Detchant Tower

Has been described as a Certain Tower House

There are no visible remains

NameDetchant Tower
Alternative NamesDitchend; castle of Dichante; Detchon
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishMiddleton

A list of 1415 mentions a fortalice at Detchant. No trace now remains (Hodgson 1820).

Remains in c.1715 (Hodgson 1916).

There are no visible indications of a tower in the present hamlet, and no local tradition of one (F1 BHP 08-NOV-1968). (Northumberland HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Thomas Lilburn's "castle of Dichante" mentioned in the 1415 survey of the county's fortifications, was later altered to read "fortalicium". Remains noted in 1715. There are no visible remains. Recorded as pele tower in PastScape but certainly a good sized tower house if not a castle. The site is not known but likely to be under one of the buildings in Detchant of which the C18 Old Farmhouse at NU0867736492 which stand upon a hill in a prominent position is a likely candidate.

- Philip Davis

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Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNU086364
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 60-1
  • Salter, Mike, 1997, The Castles and Tower Houses of Northumberland (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 114 (slight)
  • Jackson, M.J.,1992, Castles of Northumbria (Carlisle) p. 139
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 347
  • Graham, Frank, 1976, The Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Frank Graham) p. 127
  • Long, B., 1967, Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) p. 10, 21, 91
  • Bateson, Edward (ed), 1893, Northumberland County History (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Vol. 1 p. 402 online copy
  • Hodgson, J., 1820, History of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Part 3 Vol. 1 p. 27 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

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