Belsay Castle

Location OS Landranger sheet 88 NZ 085786

How to get there Take A696 north out of Newcastle upon Tyne on entering Belsay village the road to the castle is immediatly left, on the bend.

The tower is considered c1340 and the manor house added in 1614 by Thomas Middleton

The castle is in the custody of English Heritage

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The Castle is in the grounds of Belsay Hall and is approached through the Hall grounds and the spectacular quarry garden.

History

NZ 085786/Ruin/EH

Tower house constructed between 1439 and 1460 during a period of turbulent border warfare. The tower is a three storied rectangular stone building with two short projections or wings at the south west and north west corners; it is capped by four rounded corner turrets with battlements in between. It is constructed of square blocks of sandstone and measures 21.5m to the highest point. In 1614 a low two storied range was added to the tower house, possibly on the site of an earlier range of buildings. Situated 45m north east of the tower house is a linear depression which can be traced to the north into a walled garden, possibly the remains of an infilled moat and may have been associated with the early Manor of Belsay before the construction of the tower house in C14. It is known that there was an earlier manor house as it received Edward I in 1278 and its location has never been confirmed.

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