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Widdrington Castle (Widdrington Village)

Site of Widdrington Castle. Photo by Northumberland County Council.
Site of Widdrington Castle. Photo by Northumberland County Council.

This was the site of Widdrington Castle. The first records of a structure at this site date to the 14th century. The medieval castle lies to the north-west of the site, and the site of an 18th century mansion is to the south-east. By 1592 the castle had three parts: the original tower, a great hall and a northern tower. Between 1592 and the English Civil War (1645-49) the hall was rebuilt. In the later 17th century wings were added to the towers, and a walled garden was laid out. By 1720, it was described as being in a very ruined condition. Sometime after 1772 the castle was demolished and rebuilt, but the new building burnt down before it was complete. A new Gothic castle was built to the south-east, but this too was in a ruined state by the 19th century and was demolished in 1862. All that can be seen of these buildings now are several earthworks. Excavations on the site in 1996 also found the remains of an Iron Age settlement. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N11883
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):WATCHING BRIEF, Widdrington Farm, Widdrington, Northumberland: report on archaeological evaluation 1996; Lancaster University Archaeological Unit
TRIAL TRENCH, Widdrington Farm, Widdrington, Northumberland: report on archaeological evaluation 1996; Lancaster University Archaeological Unit

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Source of Reference
Local History of Widdrington Village


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