NZ0878 : Belsay Castle (detail)

taken 9 years ago, near to Belsay, Northumberland, Great Britain

Belsay Castle (detail)
Belsay Castle (detail)
Coat of arms and inscription:
THOMAS MIDDLETON
AND DORATHY HIS WIFE
BUILDED THIS HOUSE
ANNO 1614
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

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.
LinkExternal link Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Official English heritage web site.
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Date Taken
Monday, 1 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 9 July, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Country estates 
Date (from Tags)
1614 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0847 7854 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:6.0724N 1:52.1279W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0847 7854
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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English Heritage  Listed Building  Grade I  14th Century  Fourteenth Century  Medieval  Mediaeval  Pele Tower  Castle  Stately Home 

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