Keys to the Past

Shortflatt Tower (Belsay)

Shortflatt Tower. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Shortflatt Tower. Photo by Peter Ryder.

Shortflatt Tower is one of the best surviving examples of a Northumbrian manor house. The earliest reference to a building on the site dates to 1305 when permission was granted to build battlements at the site. The only part of the building to date this early is a small turret in the north-east corner of the main house. It was probably once part of a two-storey stone house. The main living rooms would have been on the first floor with the ground floor used as store rooms and for housing animals. The tower was probably built in the later 15th century. It measures 13.7m by 9.7m and is three storeys high. The main house, with the exception of the turret and short section of wall, was rebuilt early in the 17th century. Finally, at some time possibly the 18th century two wings containing a kitchen and store rooms was added to the rear of the house. This is a Grade I Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N10574
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Belsay

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