Keys to the Past

Twizel Castle (Duddo)

Twizel Castle. Photo by Peter Ryder.
Twizel Castle. Photo by Peter Ryder.

Twizel Castle is an 18th century folly. It was started in about 1770 by Sir Francis Blake, but never finished. At the heart of the building is a much older structure, that of a medieval house. It had walls about 1.5m thick and some its features can still be seen through the later work, including doorways and blocked windows. The folly is a long, rectangular building, with two wings on the north side and circular towers at each corner. It is roofless and stands two storeys high, although it originally stood to five storeys. Just to the north of the folly are earthwork remains of a garden and deserted medieval village. This is a Scheduled Monument and Grade II* Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N972
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Georgian (1714 to 1830)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1967; D King
FIELD OBSERVATION, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER
BUILDING SURVEY, Twizel Castle: building recording 2010; Catherine Kent

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Duddo

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