Keys to the Past

Birtley Castle (Birtley)

Birtley Castle, Birtley. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Birtley Castle, Birtley. Photo by Peter Ryder.

The ruins of a medieval building, often called Birtley Castle, lie in the grounds of Birtley Hall. Only the east and south walls survive, standing to about 2m high. In 1963 a large part of the walls collapsed and they have been rebuilt. At the end of the 19th century the remains were much better preserved and features up to first floor level were recorded in the County History. At that time two date stones were visible, one inscribed 1107 and the other 1611. Although neither of these is now present at the ruins the stonework which survives is thought to be medieval in character. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N7767
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Birtley

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