Haltwhistle Musgrove Tower

Has been described as a Certain Pele Tower

There are no visible remains

NameHaltwhistle Musgrove Tower
Alternative NamesHawtewysle; Hawtwisill; Hawtewysle
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishHaltwhistle

The 1415 survey records a Turris de Hawtwisill and the 1541 survey records "At Hawtewysle is a toure of thinherytaunce of Sir William Musgrave knight in measurable good rep'ac'ons."

Gatehouse Comments

This the location of this tower is uncertain, it is often suggested as either Musgrove Old Tower or Red Lion Tower but both of these seem to date from rather later than even 1541 and neither seem to the site of an earlier building.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY712642
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  • Dodds, John F., 1999, Bastions and Belligerents (Newcastle upon Tyne: Keepdate Publishing) p. 368
  • Salter, Mike, 1997, The Castles and Tower Houses of Northumberland (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 59
  • Rowland, T.H., 1987 (reprint1994), Medieval Castles, Towers, Peles and Bastles of Northumberland (Sandhill Press) p. 48
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 334
  • Graham, Frank, 1976, The Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Frank Graham) p. 183
  • Long, B., 1967, Castles of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) p. 113
  • Hugill, R.,1939, Borderland Castles and Peles (1970 Reprint by Frank Graham) p. 104-5
  • Bates, C.J., 1891, Border Holds of Northumberland (London and Newcastle: Andrew Reid) p. 18, 48 (Also published as the whole of volume 14 (series 2) of Archaeologia Aeliana view online)
  • Hodgson, J., 1840, History of Northumberland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Part 2 Vol. 3 p. 119-20 online copy


  • Adamson, C.E., 1894, 'The manor of Haltwhistle' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser2) Vol. 16 p. 163-4 online copy
  • Bates, C.J., 1891, 'Border Holds of Northumberland' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser2) Vol. 14 p. 18, 48 online copy

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