Keys to the Past

Bywell Castle gatehouse (Bywell)

Bywell Castle gatehouse. Photo Northumberland County Council.
Bywell Castle gatehouse. Photo Northumberland County Council.

The gatehouse was built in the early 15th century by Ralph Neville, second earl of Westmorland. The earliest reference to the castle is in 1464, when Henry VI fled there after the Battle of Hexham. By the 17th century the castle was described as 'in decay'. It stands three storeys high and, although roofless, the shell remains largely intact. It was built as part of a large enclosure and part of a curtain wall still survives between the tower and a modern house nearby. Many Roman stones have been used to build the gatehouse. This is a Scheduled Monument and a Grade I Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N10061
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Local History of Bywell

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