Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens :: Shared Description

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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by David Dixon

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NZ0878 : Belsay Castle by habiloid
NZ0878 : Belsay Hall Quarry Garden by David Dixon
NZ0878 : Garden, Belsay Hall by habiloid
NZ0878 : Belsay Park by David Dixon
NZ0878 : Quarry Garden, Belsay Hall by habiloid
NZ0878 : Slide installed while renovations are being made at Belsay Hall by habiloid
NZ0878 : Belsay Hall being renovated by habiloid
NZ0878 : Slide installed while renovations are being made at Belsay Hall by habiloid
NZ0878 : Belsay Castle by David Dixon
NZ0878 : Belsay Castle by habiloid
NZ0878 : Belsay Castle (detail) by David Dixon
NZ0878 : Belsay Hall by David Dixon
NZ0878 : Belsay Estate by David Dixon
NZ0878 : Quarry Garden, Belsay Hall by habiloid
NZ0878 : Belsay Castle by Sandy Gerrard
NZ0878 : Belsay Castle by David Dixon
NZ0878 : Land Behind Belsay Castle by David Dixon
NZ0878 : Grounds at Belsay Hall by habiloid
NZ0878 : Croquet Lawn, Belsay Hall by habiloid
NZ0878 : View from Belsay Castle by David Dixon
NZ0878 : Belsay Castle by David Dixon
NZ0878 : Belsay Castle by David Dixon
NZ0878 : The Quarry Garden, Belsay Hall by David Dixon
NZ0878 : Quarry Garden, Belsay Hall by habiloid
NZ0878 : Belsay Castle by David Dixon

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Created: Tue, 9 Jul 2013, Updated: Tue, 9 Jul 2013

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