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Belsay Castle (Belso Castle)

  • House & Family History: The Belsay Estate was first recorded as being owned by the Middleton family in 1270; they occupied the castle until 1817, when they moved to the new, nearby Greek Revival Belsay Hall. The oldest part of ruined castle is the tower of circa 1460; the unfortified range was added in 1614; a further addition, counter-balancing the tower, was added in 1711 (now mostly demolished).

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The stableblock is extant.

  • John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. III, 1820.

    Country Life: LXXXVIII, 300, 1940.

  • Title: Belsay Guidebook
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 2001
    Publisher: London: English Heritage
    ISBN: 1850743673
    Book Type: Light Softback

    Title: Lost Houses of Newcastle and Northumberland
    Author: Faulkner, Thomas; Lowery, Phoebe
    Year Published: 1996
    Publisher: Yorkshire: Jill Raines
    ISBN: 0951649426
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Sir Arthur Middleton, 19th century; Middleton family here from 1270 until 1817.

    Current Ownership Type: English Heritage

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01661-881-636

    Fax: 01661-881-043

    Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk

    Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No