Shilbottle Pele Tower
Tower Alnwick Northumberland

Shilbottle Pele Tower

Tower In Alnwick, Northumberland

A pele tower that used to be part of the vicarage for the adjoining St James Church.

If you're having a pootle through Shilbottle then keep your eyes peeled for a pele tower.

It was originally used as the former vicarage of the neighbouring St James church and according to the information board to tower and house date from the 12th century. Other sources state that the tower itself is 15th century.

There were a number of owners the house and tower before the Reformation including the Percys, the Crown, the Duke of Bedford, the de Hiltons, the Ogles and then back to the Percys. Following the Reformation it then became a vicarage and the reverend J.B. Roberts lived in the house and pele tower between 1949-80 with his wife and twelve children!!

He also carried out major changes restoration, including heightening the tower, probably to create more bedrooms.

The house and pele continued as a vicarage until a new house was built just across the road.


The pele is now a private residence and we spied it up for sale in 2018 for just under a cool £1 million.

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You can park your car on the verge outside the church entrance.

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, a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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Shilbottle Pele Tower was listed in Tower // Northumberland // Alnwick