Listed Building Grade I, Scheduled Ancient Monument
Cartington Castle, NORTHUMBERLAND
- Ruins of a fortified manor house, originally a tower house at the northeast corner of a defended rectangular courtyard. The tower walls, which are in excess of two metres thick, for the most part only stand to first floor level.
- Street Address
- Cartington Farm
CASTLE, FORTIFIED MANOR HOUSE
- Historical Background
- Begun by Great Earl Thomas of Lancaster, Cartington Castle was originally planned as a walled enclosure with corner turrets as a defence against border raids. After the Cartington family were granted license to crenellate in 1441, Cartington Castle emerged completed with a tower house in one corner. The castle passed by marriage to the Radcliffe family in 1494.
By the English Civil War, Cartington had passed to the Widdrington's, who held the castle for the King in the 1648 siege after the Battle of Marston Moor, when the southwest tower was destroyed.
The tower house was last occupied in the mid-19th century and fell into ruin shortly after.
- 1300 - 1450 Constructed in several stages, culminating in the Cartingtons' great north tower appended with a hall and solar.
- 1441 License to crenellate granted.
- 1494 Cartington Castle passed into the hands of the Radcliffe family.
- EARLY 17TH CENTURY Alterations made to castle. Tudor windows added in hall block and northeast tower.
- 1648 Cartington Castle damaged during a siege. Southwest tower destroyed.
- LATE 17TH CENTURY Courtyard filled to first floor level using castle debris. West curtain wall built at new ground level.
- 1654 Northeast tower repaired by Edward Widdrington.
Sir Edward Widdrington: Repaired northeast tower after siege of 1648.
- EARLY 19TH CENTURY Castle falls into ruin.
- 1887 Castle repaired and excavated by C.C. Hodges for Lord Armstrong.
Sir William George Armstrong: Commissioned work.
Hodges, C C: Carried out 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, p.215
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