Listed Building Grade I, Scheduled Ancient Monument
Bellister Castle, NORTHUMBERLAND
- Ruined, thirteenth or fourteenth century, fortified hall house (possibly a bastle) with a later tower added to its west end. Originally the castle was defended by a moat which can be still be traced on all sides bar the southeast. Built into the ruins is a house which, although containing a datestone of 1669, is mostly post 1827.
- Street Address
- Bellister Road
BASTLE, CASTLE, HALL HOUSE, MOAT
- Historical Background
- The mound on which Bellister Castle stands is possibly the remains of an eleventh or twelfth century motte.
- 13TH CENTURY AD Construction of hall house.
- 14TH CENTURY AD Addition of (possibly solar) tower to west end of hall house.
- 1600 House and tower altered.
- 1669 House rebuilt incorporating mediaeval stone in lower courses.
- 1699 Bastle modernised into 3 storey house.
- 1827 Damage from a fire led to the rebuilding of the south eastern part of the house by John Dobson.
Dobson, John: Alterations to Bellister Castle.
- 1890 Further alterations by John Dobson.
Dobson, John: Further alterations to Bellister Castle.
- 1901 - 1905 Following the fire of 1901 the entrance block was heightened from two to three storeys and a semi-octagonal stair tower was built in the angle between the entrance block and Dobson's south east wing.
Images of England
Keys To The Past
- Northumberland SMR
- Pevsner, N., Richmond, I., Grundy, J., McCombie, G., Ryder, P. and Welfare, H. (2001) The Buildings of England: Northumberland. London, Penguin Books, p.166
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