Keys to the Past

Cartington Castle (Cartington)

Cartington Castle. Photo Northumberland County Council, 1973.
Cartington Castle. Photo Northumberland County Council, 1973.

This is a medieval castle built for the Cartington family in the 14th century. It was first built as a walled enclosure with four corner towers but was only partially finished. When it was finally completed a tower house had replaced one of the turrets and this formed the heart of the castle throughout the medieval period. Alterations were made in the early 17th century and followed by more drastic measures later that century when the courtyard was filled up to first floor level. The first Lord Armstrong excavated and repaired the castle in the 19th century. Around the tower house are traces of gardens, enclosures and other earthworks which are thought to be the remains of orchards and other houses.

This is a Scheduled Monument and a Grade I Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N2832
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1957; A S Phillips
FIELD SURVEY, Cartington Castle 2009; Mason Land Surveys Ltd
TEST PIT, Cartington Test Pits 2012; Alan Williams Archaeology

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Cartington

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