Hudswell Tower

Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower

There are no visible remains

NameHudswell Tower
Alternative NamesCulloden Tower; Cumberland Temple
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishRichmond

Banqueting house, built by John Yorke in 1746, possibly to the designs of Daniel Garrett. It is of two storeys, octagonal in plan and constructed of ashlar. It stands on, or close to, the site of Hudswell Tower or Peel, which was built before 1354 but demolished by the 1730s. Otherwise known as the Culloden Tower, built circa 1746 to commemorate that battle, on the site of an earlier pele tower, of which the rectangular base in rubble may be part. This now forms an undercroft, used as a barn with a cellar below. Above is a two-storeyed tower in ashlar, octagonal, and joined to the rectangular base by broaches. Purchased by the Landmark Trust in 1981 and restored by them. Also formerly known as the Cumberland Temple, or The Temple. Originally a banqueting house built by John Yorke I in 1746 possibly to the designs of Daniel Garrett and stands on, or close to the site of Hudswell Tower or Peel, dated before 1354 but demolished by the 1730s. Clarkson is the authority for Culloden Tower being built on the remains of Hudswell Tower but recent research has failed to find any further evidence to corroborate this. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

PastScape cite Clarkson without a page number but Gatehouse can not find anything about the peel tower in Clarkson.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ167007
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Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved

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  • Clarkson, C., 1821, History of Richmond (privately published) online copy


  • Speed, John, 1611-12, The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain online copy)