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Ravenstonedale Church Pele

In the civil parish of Ravenstonedale.
In the historic county of Westmorland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Westmorland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY72230428
Latitude 54.43324° Longitude -2.42962°

Ravenstonedale Church Pele has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are masonry footings remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Ruins and foundations, immediately N of St Oswald's Church are presumably those of a small establishment or cell of the Gilbertine Canons of Watton (Yorks) to whom the vill of Ravenstonedale was given probably late in C12 The remains stand in places to a height of 5'-6' and the foundations were excavated in 1928-9. The SE wing was perhaps the earliest part and the remains appear to date from C14-C15 (RCHME).
Full excavation report, photos, etc. (Frankland).
The exposed remains are partly free-standing and partly below ground level. No recognisable features remain to date the structures which appear to consist of some nondescript external walling with internal walls dividing up small rooms. There is also a drain or culvert leading to the stream on the east side. A levelled platform to the north, outside the churchyard wall, probably represents the site of further remains (Field Investigators Comments–BH Pritchard/12-MAR-74).
The remains beside the church were re-excavated in 1988-9 and afterwards consolidated. They are now in a stable condition (Amy Lax/20-AUG-1993/RCHME: Howgill Fells Project– ref. Turnbull and Walsh).
The remains include the foundations of C14 or C15 pele tower. Plan and illustration (Perriam and Robinson). (PastScape)

This started as a small Gilbertine Cell founded about 1200 but the east range of the cloister appears to have been converted into a bailiff's house, possibly at quite an early date. This bailiff house, attached to the church, seems to have had a small tower.
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