NZ0878 : The quarry garden at Belsay Hall

taken 5 years ago, near to Belsay, Northumberland, Great Britain

The quarry garden at Belsay Hall
The quarry garden at Belsay Hall
Belsay Castle is a 14th-century medieval castle. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I listed building. (LinkExternal link Images of England)

The main structure, a substantial story rectangular pele tower with rounded turrets and battlements was constructed about 1370, and was the home of the Middleton family. In 1614 Thomas Middleton built a new manor house attached to the tower. A west wing was added in 1711 but was later largely demolished in 1872 by Sir Arthur Middleton when the remainder of the house was considerably altered.

The castle was abandoned as a residence by the family in the early 19th century when Sir Charles Monck built Belsay Hall (LinkExternal link Images of England) close by. The interiors were largely removed and it was then used as a ready-made folly, as was fashionable among the aristocracy at the time, serving as setting for garden parties and other entertainments.

Belsay Hall, Castle and gardens are administered by English Heritage and are open to the public.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 16 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 19 September, 2013
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Country estates 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0834 7841 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:6.0024N 1:52.2504W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0834 7843
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