Listed Building Grade I, Scheduled Ancient Monument
Belsay Castle, NORTHUMBERLAND
- Fourteenth century, three storey tower house with an adjoining seventeenth century, two storey manor house to the west.
The tower is a rectangular stone building with two short wing like projections at the south west and north west corners. The tower is surmounted battlements and four rounded corner turrets.
The house today stands roofless.
COAT OF ARMS, HALL HOUSE, MANOR HOUSE, PLAQUE, TOWER HOUSE
- Historical Background
- The changing faces of Belsay Castle provide a neat illustration of the turbulent history of the border region. The oldest part of the building is a large defensive tower, built during a period of turbulent border warfare in this area in the late fourteenth century. The seventeenth century manor house is one of the earliest undefended manor houses in Northumberland and reflects the more settled conditions following the Union of the Crowns of England and Scotland in 1603.
- 1370 Belsay Castle constructed.
- 1614 Belsay Old Hall constructed by Thomas and Dorothy Middleton.
Middleton, Thomas: Owner.
Middleton, Dorothy: Owner.
- 1711 West wing added to the manor house.
- 19TH CENTURY AD Numerous minor alterations to Belsay Castle.
- 1872 Remains of the west wing of the manor house demolished and the remainder of the house considerably altered for Sir Arthur Monck.
Sir Arthur Monck: Owner.
Ross & Lamb: Architects in charge of alteration work.
- 1897 Tower restored and re-roofed.
Ferguson, Charles John: Architect in charge of the restoration work.
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, pp.166-167
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