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Belsay is a village and civil parish in Northumberland, England. The village is about 5 miles from Ponteland on the A696, which links the village with Newcastle upon Tyne and Jedburgh. The population of the civil parish was 436 at the 2001 census, increasing to 518 at the 2011 Census.
Scottish nobleman and doctor John de Strivelyn was granted the manor around 1340 by Edward III. On his death, the estate passed to his daughter, who was married to Sir John Middleton, and has remained with the Middleton family since.
The main structure, a three-storey rectangular pele tower with rounded turrets and battlements, was constructed about 1370, and was the home of the Middleton family. In 1614 Thomas Middleton built a new manor house attached to the tower. A west wing was added in 1711 but was later largely demolished in 1872 by Sir Arthur Middleton when the remainder of the house was considerably altered.
Belsay Hall is a 19th-century country mansion and a Grade I listed building. The house was built between 1810 and 1817 for Sir Charles Monck (then of Belsay Castle close by). Sir Charles himself was the designer of the building. It is a notable and early classical building. The house measures 100 feet (30 m) square with a lower kitchen wing attached to the north side. It is in two storeys. The hall was the residence of the Middleton family until 1962.
Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery lies on a hilltop 3 miles to the north-west of Belsay, in the hamlet of Harnham.
- Office for National Statistics: Neighbourhood Statistics
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 28 January 2016.
- Historic England. "Belsay Castle (1042837)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 December 2007.
- "Belsay Castle". SINE Project, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Archived from the original on 2 November 2005. Retrieved 21 December 2007.
- Historic England. "Belsay Hall (1304489)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 December 2007.
- "Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens". English Heritage. Retrieved 21 December 2007.
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- "Belsay Castle". North of the Tyne. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 21 December 2007.
- Find public transport to Belsay Hall - buses stop at Belsay Shops a short walk from the Hall
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