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Structure Name: Elsdon Tower

Medieval tower house converted into a vicarage. Three (reduced from four) storey house with a 19th century ground floor porch and entrance hall on the north side, and later extensions to the right. The tower has both parapet and a later steep gabled roof. The end walls are 1.8m thick, and the side walls 2.8m. To the right of the tower is a two storey, two bay extension.

Extant: Yes

Legal Status: Listed Building Grade I

Location: Elsdon, NORTHUMBERLAND

Eastings: 393610m (view map)

Northings: 593400m (view map)

Position Accuracy: 20m

Positional Confidence: Absolute Certainty

Structure Types Identified: PELE TOWER, TOWER HOUSE, VICARAGE

Historical Background
Elsdon Tower, said in 1415 to be a 'Vicar's Pele', was probably a defended house for the Rector of Elsdon, and remained an ecclesiastical residence until 1960.


  • 1350 - 1450   Probable date of construction.
  • 16TH CENTURY AD   Tower probably rebuilt.
  • 17TH CENTURY AD   Top two floors of tower converted into one. Gabled roof added.
  • EARLY 19TH CENTURY   Archdeacon Singleton makes additions to the north and west of the tower.
        Entities Involved:
              Archdeacon Singleton: Commissioned work.
  • 1820   Entrance hall and porch added.
  • 1840   Rough date of window remodelling.


  • Images of England
  • Keys To The Past
  • Northumberland SMR
  • Pevsner, N., Richmond, I., Grundy, J., McCombie, G., Ryder, P. and Welfare, H. (2001) The Buildings of England: Northumberland. London, Penguin Books, p.268

The information displayed in this page has been derived from authoritative sources, including any referenced above. Although substantial efforts were made to verify this information, the SINE project cannot guarantee its correctness or completeness.


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Last Modified 26 March 2004
2002 SINE Project, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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