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Location
Belsay, Northumberland, England

Description
Belsay Castle is located at Belsay, Northumberland, England. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I listed building. The castle is a three storey rectangular pele tower with four rounded corner turrets and battlements. The tower has a vaulted basement containing the kitchen, with a well. Above is a hall and a solar with fireplaces. The tower has two wings at the south west and north west corners. Belsay Castle is now administered by English Heritage and is open the public.

History
Belsay Castle was built about 1370 and was the home of the Middleton family. In 1614 Thomas Middleton built a new two storey range in the style of a manor house attached to the tower. There was a west wing added in 1711. This wing was partly demolished in 1872 by Sir Arthur Middleton during renovations. The castle was abandoned as a residence by the family in the early 19th century.


Other Castles in the Area
  Aydon Castle, Northumberland
  Lumley Castle, Co. Durham
  Newcastle Castle Keep, Tyne and Wear
  Prudhoe Castle, Northumberland
  Warkworth Castle, Northumberland







Warkworth Castle
Belsay Castle

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 Belsay Castle map