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Bellister Castle

Hob Uid: 15484
Location :
Northumberland
Featherstone
Grid Ref : NY7006062970
Summary : Three storey, castellated house built in 1669 with a ruined tower house attached to the north west. The ruined structure was possibly built as hall house in the 13th century, with a tower added to the west in the 14th century. It was altered circa 1600. The 17th century house was altered circa 1826 and 1890 and partly rebuilt 1901-5 following a fire. The course of a moat is visible as an earthwork.
More information : [NY 70066297] Bellister Castle [G.T.] (Remains of) (1)

The ruin of a square tower or "bastelhouse", mentioned in 1471, and a survey of 1541, attached to the NW end of a house with a date-stone 1669.

It was defended by a moat which is traceable on all but the SE side.

Scheduled (uninhabited parts). (2-5)

The tower is a roofless shell, and in poor condition. See G.P. AO/56/298/3 & 4 for NW and NE aspects. it adjoins a 19th cent. "pseudo" castellated house incorporating a revised 17th c. datestone (a) all of which stand on an artificial mound.

Remains of the moat are slight, and apparent on the south
and west sides only. Published survey (25") (6)

No change. Survey checked and transferred to MSD (7)

Bellister Castle 17th century stone house built into ruins of an older castle on a mound, vey picturesque on a small scale. 3-storeyed house of centre block and flanking towers, castellated and of symmetrical arrangement, with old ornamented doorway 2 2-light windows on ground floor, one single and 2 3-light windows on first floor and 3 single lights on top floor. 2 oriel windows on garden front elaborately carved, with a tower/porch between. Sandstone ruins of square keep at one end. A re-used stone dated 16-7 (Pevsner dates it 1669) John Dobson worked here 1826. (8)

Bellister Castle (formerly listed in the Civil Parish of Bellister).
Grade I. Ruined tower house and adjoining occupied house. Ruined section possibly a C13 hall-house with C14 (possibly solar) tower on west; altered c.1600. Occupied house dated 1669 but possibly incorporating medieval fabric in lower courses; major alterations c.1826 by John Dobson and c.1890; partly rebuilt c.1901-5 following an extensive fire. Tower coursed rubble with dressings; roofless. House squared and snecked sandstone, roofs not visible. L-plan medieval range with U-plan occupied house on east end. Castellated style house. See List for full account. (9)

NY 701 629. Bellister Castle (uninhabited parts). Scheduled No ND/381. (10)

Listed by Cathcart King and Dodds. (11,12)

The moat and artificial mound described above were seen as earthworks on air photographs. The moat could only be traced on the north, west and south sides, the east side was covered in trees. (13)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" (Prov.) 1946
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Source : The Buildings of England
Source details : Bldgs of Eng Northum 1957 85 (Pevsner)
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Source Number : 10
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
Source details : Northumberland
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Source Number : 11
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 : Bastions and Belligerents: Medieval Strongholds in Northumberland
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Source Number : 13
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1392 4204 10-APR-1946
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Hist of Northum Pt III II 1828 217 (J Hodgson)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Guide to Northum 1902 170 (WW Tomlinson)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : AMs Eng and Wales 1965 83 (MOW)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 RWE 07-JUL-66
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Source Number : 6a
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Oral Col J Clarke (owner)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 ISS 26-APR-78
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) Haltwhistle RD Northum Apr 1967 5
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE Listed Buildings Dist of Tynedale, Northumbs 27-Jul-1987 4
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Hall House, Tower House, Moat, Mound
Evidence : Ruined Building, Extant Building, Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Tower House, House, Date Stone, Moat, Mound
Evidence : Ruined Building, Extant Building, Earthwork
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Partly rebuilt 1901-5
Monument End Date : 1905
Monument Start Date : 1901
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 240693
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : ND 381
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NY 76 SW 5
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 76 SW 5
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1966-07-07
End Date : 1966-07-07
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 76 SW 5
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1978-04-26
End Date : 1978-04-26
Associated Activities : Primary, BELLISTER CASTLE
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1999-01-01
End Date : 1999-12-31
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 AT BELLISTER CASTLE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2017-01-01
End Date : 2017-12-31