East Ritton Grange, Nunnykirk

Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower

There are no visible remains

NameEast Ritton Grange, Nunnykirk
Alternative NamesNunykirk; White House
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishNunnykirk

'East Ritton' was the site of a grange of Newminster Abbey, extant by 1135 and dissolved by 1537. A pele recorded by MacDowall, and no longer extant, may have been in the vicinity of the grange. (PastScape)

(Approx NY 083934) East Ritton: Grange of Newminster Abbey. ('Ritton' is shown on OS 6", 1924 at NY 08289342) (Hadcock 1939).

Ranulph de Merlay, in the time of Henry I (1100-1135) gave Rittun, consisting of the two townships of East and West Ritton, to the Abbot of Newminster. After the Dissolution East Ritton was in 1568 in the hands of the Crown (Hodgson 1827).

Ritton consists of a farmhouse with outbuildings, of modern construction, situated in open farmland. There are no traces of a Grange to be seen in the area, and no local knowledge of one was encountered. Sir Charles Orde, Nunnykirk, stated that he had never heard of East Ritton, nor of its Grange, but Hadcock evidently identifies East Ritton with this site and West Ritton with Ritton White House (F1 ASP 14-JAN-57).

NZ 083934 Ritton - Pele (McDowall).

No evidence of a pele in or around the present farmstead (F2 BHP 17-DEC-70).

Gatehouse Comments

The historical records for a tower are almost certainly a reference to Nunnykirk and indeed the references to the monastic grange also probably relate to that site, although East Ritton was a township held by Newminster Abbey.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
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OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ083934
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  • Hodgson, J., 1827, History of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Part 2 Vol. 1 p. 322 online copy


  • Hadcock, R.N., 1939, 'A map of mediaeval Northumberland and Durham' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser4) Vol. 16 p. 148-218 esp 69-70


  • McDowall, R.W., 1965, Peles and Bastles of Northumberland (Typescript)