2010

NY9763 : Mencap National College, Dilston Hall

taken 14 years ago, near to Dilston, Northumberland, England

Mencap National College, Dilston Hall
Mencap National College, Dilston Hall
The current Dilston Hall is used as a training establishment by the mental health charity, Mencap. The college was established in 1971 and first inspected as a specialist college in 1994. The main college campus, is set in 9 acres of park, woodland and gardens which include the ruined castle NY9763 : Dilston Castle, west side and C17th chapel NY9763 : Dilston Chapel, north side. Teaching and residential accommodation is situated in the main building (a 3-storey large country house, and former maternity home) as well as around the estate in other houses and cottages.

Update (2020): Dilston College is now a specialist education service run by Cambian.
Dilston Hall

Dilston Castle is a fortified solar LinkExternal link tower, built by Sir William Claxton, c1417. It was enlarged in Elizabethan times and a Jacobean manor house, Dilston Hall, added in 1622. They were both incorporated in a palatial mansion belonging to James Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Derwentwater. This was surrounded by ornate gardens, all in a grand style. After his execution for high treason in 1715, and the death of his son in 1731, the Derwentwater estates were seized by the Government and passed to the Greenwich Hospital Trustees. The Hall, now in a ruinous state, was demolished in 1765, leaving only the original tower house. Many stories about the estate, hall and the Radcliffes passed into local folk lore.
Now, all that remains of Dilston Hall are alterations made to the Castle, the Chapel, the Gateway and Lord's Bridge over the Devil's Water, along with recently excavated remains of the buildings. The current Dilston Hall (a large country house and former maternity home) and 9 acres of park, woodland and gardens, which include the ruined castle and chapel, are operated as a training college by the mental health charity, Mencap.
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According to Dan Brown's novel, 'The Da Vinci Code', James Radcliffe's brother, Charles, was the 20th Grand Master of the Priory of Sion from 1727. This was said to be a shadowy organisation guarding secret knowledge of the whereabouts of the Holy Grail. Perhaps, with the archaeological excavations continuing annually around the castle, it'll actually be found there.


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Category: College
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Dilston Hall [15] · Dilston Castle [12] · Dilston House [10] · Dilston Chapel [9] · Dilston College [7] ·
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Andrew Curtis   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 22 August, 2010   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 28 August, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 9750 6321 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:57.8108N 2:2.4346W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 9752 6324
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