Belsay Castle and Hall
Belsay Castle is a fine 14th century Medieval Castle situated in the village of Belsay, Northumberland approximately 5 miles from Ponteland on the A696 linking Newcastle and Jedburgh.
The main structure of Belsay Castle is three storey’s with rectagulare pele tower turrets and battlements was constructed about 1370. The Scottish nobleman and doctor John de Strivelyn
was granted the manor around 1340 by Edward III
. and on his death, the estate passed to his daughter, who was married to Sir John Middleton. Thomas Middleton built the new Manor House in 1614, attached to the tower and added the west wing in 1711, which was largely demolished in 1872 by Sir Arthur Middleton when the remainder of the house was considerably altered. Belsay Castle and Hall have both been residence of the Middleton family.
The castle was abandoned as a residence by the family in the early 19th century when Sir Charles Monck built Belsay Hall close by.
Belsay Hall is a 19th century country mansion and was built between 1810 and 1817 for Sir Charles Monck. He was the designer of thie notable and classical building and is of two storeys. The hall was the residence of the middleton family until 1962. The house measure 100 feet square and has a lower kitchen wing on the north side. It is administered by English Heritage and is open the public,. Explore the medieval Belsay Castle and Hall and take in the stunning views from the top of the tower. and wonder around the huge grounds and gardens which are spread out over 30 acres, you will be impressed by the array of flowers and shrubs and the Quarry Garden. Enjoy the Cafe and gift shop and there is ample parking available.
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