Illustrated talk on village’s pele tower

Archaeologist and local resident Barry Mead has been actively involved in the plans to not only save the Cresswell Pele Tower from total ruin, but develop it as one of the county’s newest visitor attractions.

Tuesday, 16th July 2019, 7:02 pm
Updated Friday, 19th July 2019, 12:00 pm
Cresswell Pele Tower. Picture by Barry Mead.

And there is an opportunity to find out more about plans to safeguard its future as he is giving a free-to-attend Reivers and Ruin to Restoration illustrated talk in Cresswell Village Hall as part of this year’s nationwide Festival of Archaeology.

The 14th Century tower was one of around 150 built across Northumberland as fortified manor homes to withstand the marauding raids of the notorious and lawless Border Reivers.

Cresswell Parish Council, supported by Greater Morpeth Development Trust, has been working to raise the funds needed to restore it over the past four years and National Lottery grants totalling more than £780,000 have been secured.

Further support has been given to the project by Northumberland County Council, local county councillor Scott Dickinson, CELL Big Local and Parkdean Resorts, on whose holiday park it stands.

It is hoped that restoration work - including roofing the tower, re-pointing its stonework, glazing its windows, re-laying floors and creating a viewing gallery looking over the bay - will be completed by early next summer so that Cresswell Pele Tower can be opened to visitors.

In his talk, which will take place on Friday, July 26, from 7pm, Mr Mead will also reveal the results of recent community archaeological digs by enthusiastic volunteers.