Embleton TowerEdit profile
Embleton Tower is a peel tower and Grade I listed building in the village of Embleton in Northumberland, England. It was provided for the vicar of Embleton by Merton College, Oxford, who held the patronage of the parish, in 1332. It was probably first constructed as a house and later in the century converted into a tower; allegedly permission to crenellate was given in 1385 after the parish had been laid waste by the Scots. The tower is three storeys high and, unusually, has two vaulted rooms in the basement. In about 1828 a vicarage designed in the Tudor style by architect John Dobson was built on to one side of the tower. In the field adjoining the tower, there is an ancient dovecote. From 1875 to 1884, the vicarage was occupied by historian Mandell Creighton and his family. He began his History of the Papacy there, and between him and his wife, Louise, wrote a total of 15 books while there. In 1974, on the retirement of Peter Karney, vicar 1954-1974, the vicarage passed into private hands and became known as Embleton Tower. A new vicarage was built nearby.