There’s so much to do in Northumberland that once you book bed and breakfasts near the a69 you’ll have a hard time fitting everything in… but we would recommend that you do some research into the Cresswell pele tower, since it’s been in the news a lot recently and might be quite the attraction up this neck of the woods for quite some time.
According to ChronicleLive, the story of the 15th century tower was recently unearthed by a team of archaelogists and an impressive 700 volunteers and they’re soon going to return to the site to dig on the land surrounding the tower, starting on February 6th for two weeks.
This dig is part of a campaign to save the roofless tower, which has now been placed on Historic England’s At Risk register, with plans afoot to transform it into a free tourist attraction, backed by a #93,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Northumberland County Council also intends to provide £6,000.
Archaeologist and assistant project officer Barry Mead said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to calls for volunteers to help with the archaeology project and it really shows how much interest there is in this important Northumberland landmark. All volunteer places are now filled and we’re looking forward to seeing what we discover during this phase of the scheme.”
Pele towers serve as fortified houses, intended to be a defensive measure against raiders and robbers coming over the Scottish border. This particular one was built back in the 15th century. It’s likely that the basement was used for storage, with the kitchen and domestic quarters on the first floor and the bedrooms situated on the upper floor.