Keys to the Past

Dilston Castle (Corbridge)

Dilston Castle. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Dilston Castle. Photo by Peter Ryder.

Dilston Castle.
Dilston Castle.

Dilston Castle stands on a slope above the Devil's Water. It may have been built as early as the 13th century, though no remains of this early period survive. In the early 15th century a three-floored tower house was built. It was well defended as a defence against raids from Scotland. In the later 15th century another turret was added. In the 16th and 17th century the tower was extended with less fortified sections built. The tower became less important and the new extensions were the most important part of the castle. In the mid 18th century much of these new additions were demolished, and the site is now in ruins. This site is a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N8985
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 1956; J L Davidson
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1966; R Lewis
BUILDING SURVEY, Dilston Castle, Dilston, Northumberland 1994; RCHME
FIELD OBSERVATION, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER
PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER
TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Dilston Castle Project 2002; North Pennines Heritage Trust
WATCHING BRIEF, Dilston Castle Project 2003; North Pennines Heritage Trust
TIMBER SAMPLING, Tree-Ring Analysis of Timbers from Dilston Castle, Dilston Hall, Corbridge 2003; Centre for Archaeology
BOSING SURVEY, Dilston Castle Project 2003; Field Archaeology Specialists of York
TRIAL TRENCH, Dilston Castle Project 2003; North Pennines Heritage Trust



See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Corbridge


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