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Errington Tower

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY959716
Latitude 55.03896° Longitude -2.06495°

Errington Tower has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are uncertain remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


In the north-east corner of the township, about three-quarters of a mile from Watling Street and the same distance from the Erring bum, on a grassy knoll, approached bv a road from the east and west and sheltered on the north by a clump of sycamores, is the homestead now known as Errington or West Errington, but formerly described as Errington hall, and in Captain Armstrong's map of 1769 called a castle. It is now a substantial stone-built house facing south. Its plain front presents a quaint appearance, with a formal line of six narrow windows on the upper floor and corresponding apertures on the ground floor, enriched by effective mouldings. Farm offices are attached. From this, their ancient home, the family of Errington took their name. (Hodsgon 1897)

The ancient Hexhamshire family of Errington held Cocklaw township in 1225 and lived within its bounds at Errington Hall, where now stands the hamlet of Errington. The Hall appears to have been a substantial strong house, but evidently it was not considered strong enough, or perhaps not sufficiently impressive, and the family built and moved into a tower a mile or so to the west, at East Cocklaw, during the second half of the fourteenth century. The original Errington Hall disappeared a long time ago and its replacement, the existing Hall, has no fourteenth century work visible. (Dodds 1999)

It may well be two different branches of the Errington family occupied Errington Hall and Cocklaw Tower at the same time. If so it is likely this important gentry family would have a house that had some martial symbolism of which a chamber tower attached to a hall is the most likely form. However the evidence for that is entirely suppositional; the 'castle' of 1769 was the current house which is not fortified.
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