Pele tower

Kind of fortification characteristic of the English-Scottish border. It was usually a small tower, perhaps a fortified house, designed as a refuge from raiding parties; sometimes surrounded by stakes and a ditch. Its size and strength were not intended to withstand a siege. -
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