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Loweswater Pele

In the civil parish of Loweswater.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY14982029
Latitude 54.57073° Longitude -3.31629°

Loweswater Pele has been described as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are masonry footings remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.

Description

The Ordnance Survey maps, however, locate a 'peel' some 120m further west on the opposite side of the hillock where a ruined farmbuilding considered to be a successor to the earlier structure now stands. Adjoining this ruin are a number of other ruined structures and terraces cut into the hillslope which are interpreted as the site of outbuildings associated with the ruined farm. (Scheduling Report for Crummock Water)
Comments

To differentiate between the certain Crummock Water Manor House, usually called Loweswater Pele and this possible pele house Gatehouse has called this Loweswater Pele. The possibility for confusion is obvious and care needs to be taken in regard to these sites and their associated records. The Crummock Water site is large and this possible pele is within the larger defensive circuit. It could, therefore, be contemporary with the manor house and represent ancillary accommodation. Although called a possible tower in Perriam and Robinson it was, most probably, a pele-house type bastle held by a tenant and representing a later subdivision of demense land for a money rent.
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