Burradon in Coquetdale

Has been described as a Possible Pele Tower

There are no visible remains

NameBurradon in Coquetdale
Alternative NamesBunaden; Borrodone
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishNetherton

The tower at Burradon is described in the 1541 survey as the inheritance of George Fenwycke and Percyvall Lysle which for lack of necessary repairs, has fallen into extreme ruin and decay. (Not listed in the 1415 survey pp 13-19) (Bates).

Its ruins are said to have been still visible about 1850, but the present farm buildings now occupy its site (NT 981062) (Dodds 1940).

The hay barn at NT 98110618 is the traditional site, and topographically it is well suited (F1 ASP 19-FEB-57)

The building at NT 98110618 is modern. There is no trace of the alleged tower and its site is not known (F2 ISS 01-FEB-77). (PastScape)

A large tower at Burradon was reported as being in extreme decay in 1541. Towers did not deteriorate very quickly, even when neglected, so this one must have been at least a hundred years earlier, by one of the Burradon.

Round about 1825 the old house was pulled down and replaced by the mansion which is still with us. It and the new farm buildings covered the tower's site so nothing of the stronghold is visible. (Dodds 1999)

Gatehouse Comments

Bunaden as a name is clearly a typographical error in Harvey.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNT981061
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 170
  • Rowland, T.H., 1987 (reprint1994), Medieval Castles, Towers, Peles and Bastles of Northumberland (Sandhill Press) p. 77
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 346
  • Long, B., 1967, Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) p. 76
  • Dodds, Madeleine Hope (ed), 1940, Northumberland County History (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Vol. 15 p. 424-5
  • Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co)
  • Dixon, D.D., 1903, Upper Coquetdale Northumberland: Its History, Traditions, Folk-lore and Scenery (Newcastle-upon Tyne: Robert Redpath) p. 262 online copy
  • Bates, C.J., 1891, Border Holds of Northumberland (London and Newcastle: Andrew Reid) p. 43 (Also published as the whole of volume 14 (series 2) of Archaeologia Aeliana view online)


  • Bates, C.J., 1891, 'Border Holds of Northumberland' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser2) Vol. 14 p. 43 online copy

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