Fairnley Tower, Rothley

Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower, and also as a Questionable Bastle

There are no visible remains

NameFairnley Tower, Rothley
Alternative NamesHigh Fairnley; High Farneylaw
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishRothley

A good-sized tower once stood in the yard behind the farmhouse. It is said to have been a strong building with a vault and a long view both north and south. Its site is bare now; nothing remains to provide a hint of its building date. (Dodds 1999)

Gatehouse Comments

The source or evidence for this 'tower' is obscure. It is possible this is actually a confused reference to Low Fairnley Bastle (Which is called a 'peel-house' in Hodgson's History of Northumerland_). If it was a separate building then on location grounds it is perhaps more likely to have been another bastle rather than a pele tower.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ004889
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 257
  • Graham, Frank, 1976, The Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Frank Graham) p. 156
  • Long, B., 1967, Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) p. 102