Border Villages.  



Northumberland. Ten miles north-east of Rothbury.

Shilbottle is an ancient village typically grouped around a village green. It has an impressive church and a pele tower.

Shilbottle Pele

The tower is located in Shilbottle village and dates from the fifteenth century. It has the  usual thick walls and a strong vaulted roof on the ground floor.

The tower was doubtless threatened by marauding Scots but was afforded some protection by nearby Alnwick Castle. 

It became the Vicarage and an adjoining house was built much later.


Thanks to Andrew Rowland for the use of this photograph.

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