The Quarry Garden
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
Year Published: 2001
Publisher: London: English Heritage
Book Type: Light Softback
Title: Lost Houses of Newcastle and Northumberland
Author: Faulkner, Thomas; Lowery, Phoebe
Year Published: 1996
Publisher: Yorkshire: Jill Raines
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
Historic Houses Member: No