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Melsonby Tower

In the civil parish of Melsonby.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of North Yorkshire.
1974 county of North Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire North Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ201083
Latitude 54.46967° Longitude -1.69169°

Melsonby Tower has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are masonry footings remains.


The foundations of a chapel or a tower house lie to the south west of the rectory at Melsonby. (PastScape ref. Pevsner)

South of the rectory are vestiges of what may have been the turriolum granted by John de Carleberg to William de Marske and confirmed to him by John Abbot of Easby. (Egerton MS. 2827, fol. 55) The only remains visible consist of a wall of doubtful origin with a shorter section joining it at right angles. In the field are numerous lines and mounds suggestive of other buildings. (VCH)

King writes vanished tower but Salter (probably working from the VCH) writes there are slight remains. This is not the same as "convent (Remains of)" marked on the 1893 OS map at NZ20250827 which the VCH record as 'the remains of the Benedictine convent of Molesby in the parish of Marton'. The scant remains may well not have been the recorded tower, whcih could have been elsewhere in the village and demolished and rebuilt over.
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