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Featherstone Castle

Hob Uid: 14100
Location :
Northumberland
Featherstone
Grid Ref : NY6738060960
Summary : Originally a 13th century hall house, with a tower added in the 14th century. Three further towers were added prior to 1812. Now used as an education centre. A possible carriageway leading up to the castle was seen as an earthwork on air photographs.
More information : [NY 67386096] Featherstone Castle [T.I.] (1)

The west range of Featherstone Castle incorporates a 13th c doorway, and three buttresses, which together with some of the lower courses ofthe west wall, and the S.W. tower (c.1330) are the remains of a 'hall-house' or castle. The remainder of the house is 19th c.(2)

There is now no trace of (5) the ditch which reputedly surrounded it.(4)

See Illustration Card and G.P A056/300/6-8 (2-5)

Correctly described. Condition unchanged. (6)

Featherstone Castle Grade I. See Pevsner. Originally 13th century hall-house, with added C14th tower. Three more towers added before 1812, in romantic castellated style, making the castle extend on four sides of a central courtyard. The W. range is old. Now used as educational centre. (7)

Originally built as a hall house by Helias de Featherstonehaugh in the latter 13th century. In the 1320's, his grandson Thomas became keeper of Tynedale and built the tower house adjacent to the hall house. (8)

Listed. (9)

A possible carriageway leading up to the castle was seen as an earthwork on air photographs. This carriageway is depicted as a track on the Ordnance Survey map of 1865. Interestingly the earthwork bank appears to end slightly to the south of the formal entrance, whereas the depeiction on the 1865 map shows it leading directly to the entrance. There is no sign of the ditch reputed to have surrounded the castle. (10)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" (Prov) 1946
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Bldgs of Eng Northum 1957 152 (N Pevsner)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Arch Ael 4th Series 2 1926 125-134 (J Gibson)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Hist of Northum 2 1825 316 (E Mackenzie)
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 FDC 03-DEC-56
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 DK 01-SEP-66
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Source Number : 7
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) Haltwhistle R D Northum April 1967 4
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Source Number : 8
Source : Bastions and Belligerents: Medieval Strongholds in Northumberland
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Source Number : 9
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 : 10
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR NY 6760/7 (12427/15) 18-OCT-1993
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C13
Monument End Date : 1299
Monument Start Date : 1200
Monument Type : Hall House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : 1320s
Monument End Date : 1329
Monument Start Date : 1320
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Pre 1812
Monument End Date : 1812
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Monument Type : House, Carriageway
Evidence : Extant Building, Earthwork
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : 20th Century
Monument End Date : 2000
Monument Start Date : 1901
Monument Type : School
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 240698
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NY 66 SE 7
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 66 SE 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1956-12-03
End Date : 1956-12-03
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 66 SE 7
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