Creswell Pele Tower
Tower In Cresswell, Northumberland
A recently renovated pele tower situated in Creswell on the coast.
Cresswell Pele Tower was built by the Cresswell family in the 15th century and is one of around 80 fortified pele towers in Northumberland.
The tower was built in response to raids by the Border Reivers. It is a a relatively well preserved tower and is the only surviving structure of the Medieval seat of the Cresswell family. In the mid 18th century it became part of a mansion house, but the house itself was demolished in the 19th century and by the late 1960s the tower was left derelict.
We were lucky enough to visit in August 2021 when the pele tower was open to the public and we got a sneak peak at the interior. The staff there were really knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history of the tower and they were running a clay tile making workshop for children when we visited. They also told us about a small garden opposite the tower which is run by local volunteers and is worth a visit too.
For more information on the history of the tower and it's opening times, visit their website: Cresswell Pele Tower.
Contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.More Places from Simon
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