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Newland Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Newlands in Wareton; Newlands in Warenton; Newland next to Belforth; mansum suum de Neulond

In the civil parish of Belford.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NU11643242
Latitude 55.58525° Longitude -1.81671°

Newland Tower has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Fortified house, a licence to crenellate was granted, in 1310, to Sir John Middleton. Tower at this location was mentioned in documentary sources c.1415. No physical trace of a tower has been found at the supposed site. (PastScape)
No trace of a tower survives in or around the present farmstead, which traditionally occupies its site (F1 JHO 13-APR-55). (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1310 July 22 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


One of a large number of licences granted to fairly modest knights in the early C14. There was certainly an existing house here and the building that resulted from the licence is likely to have been a fairly modest chamber block or solar tower attached to an unfortified hall (i.e. a pele tower). It is unlikely the obscure John Middleton would have the money to build anything more substantial and the lack of remains also suggests a modest building. Listed near the end of the 1415 list which is roughly order by size also suggesting a small tower.
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