Belsay Castle shown within Northumberland
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The main structure, a substantial 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.
The castle was abandoned as a residence by the family in the early 19th century when Sir Charles Monck built Belsay Hall close by. It is administered by English Heritage and is open the public. The interiors were largely removed and it was then used as a ready-made folly, as was fashionable among the aristocracy at the time, serving as setting for garden parties and other entertainments.
- "Images of England: Belsay Castle". English Heritage. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
- "Belsay Castle". SINE Project, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
- "Images of England: Belsay Hall". English Heritage. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
- "Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens". English Heritage. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
Media related to Belsay Castle at Wikimedia Commons
- Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens - official site at English Heritage
- "Belsay Castle". CastleUK.net. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
- "Belsay Castle". The Gatehouse. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
- "Belsay Castle". North of the Tyne. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
- Find public transport to Belsay Hall - buses stop at Belsay Shops a short walk from the Hall