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Blenkinsopp Castle

Hob Uid: 14078
Location :
Northumberland
Greenhead
Grid Ref : NY6649064500
Summary : A 19th century house incorporating the ruined remains of a tower house. The owner of the tower house was granted a licence to crenellate in 1349. A colliery agent's house was added to the tower circa 1832 and the house was enlarged and partly rebuilt in Tudor style between 1877-80. The first floor of the 1880 entrance block was removed in 1986.
More information : [NY 6649 6450] Blenkinsopp Castle [G.T.] (Remains of) (1)

Licence to crenellate Blenkinsopp Castle was granted in 1340. Its remains, incorporated in the present 19th c. house of the same name, consist of the east wall of the entrance hall, and the NE tower. (2)

The castle was defended on the north and west sides by a deep ditch. (3)

Description correct and condition unchanged.
Ditch re-surveyed at 1/2500. (4)

Blenkinsopp Castle (previously listed in the Civil Parish of
Blenkinsopp). Grade II. House incorporating fragments of a medieval tower house. Licence to crenellate 1340; colliery agent's house added c.1832 (possibly by John Dobson); enlarged and largely rebuilt in Tudor style 1877-80 for William Lisle Blenkinsopp Coulson. See List for full account. (5)

NY 665 645. Blenkinsopp Castle (uninhabited parts). Scheduled No ND/597. (6)

Listed by King. (7)

Badly damaged by fire in 1954, ruining the Gothic house. The East wall of the renovated tower and a few other parts survive as interesting skeletons. (8)

The ditch described by authority 3 could not be identified on available photography because the area was covered by trees. (9)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" (Prov) 1946
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Source : The Buildings of England
Source details : N Pevsner (1957) Buildings of England: Northumberland, p99
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : WW Tomlinson (1902) Guide to Northumberland p171
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 DK 01-SEP-66
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE Listed Buildings Dist of Tynedale, Northumbs 27-Jul-1987 20
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Source Number : 6
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
Source details : English Heritage SAM List Northumbs March 1994 36
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Source Number : 7
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands
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Source Number : 8
Source : Bastions and Belligerents: Medieval Strongholds in Northumberland
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Source Number : 9
Source : RCHME/EH/HE Aerial Photographers comment
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : License to crenellate 1340
Monument End Date : 1340
Monument Start Date : 1340
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Ruined Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : c1832
Monument End Date : 1876
Monument Start Date : 1800
Monument Type : Foremans House
Evidence : Ruined Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Enlarged 1877-80
Monument End Date : 1880
Monument Start Date : 1877
Monument Type : Country House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Extended 1877-80
Monument End Date : 1880
Monument Start Date : 1877
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building, Ruined Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Altered 1986
Monument End Date : 1986
Monument Start Date : 1986
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building, Ruined Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : ND 597
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 240717
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NY 66 SE 1
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1050717
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 66 SE 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1966-09-01
End Date : 1966-09-01
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: HADRIAN'S WALL WHS MAPPING PROJECT, NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2002-01-01
End Date : 2008-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND ADJACENT TO BLENKINSOPP CASTLE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2003-01-01
End Date : 2003-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT BLENKINSOPP CASTLE
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2005-01-01
End Date : 2005-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT BLENKINSOPP CASTLE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2014-01-01
End Date : 2014-12-31