Rothley, Northumberland

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A tall stone built ruined square building. At the top are visible parts of the battlements. In the foreground a grassy slope with scattered stones leading up to the building. In the background white clouds with a small patch of blue sky.
Rothley Castle
Rothley is located in Northumberland
Rothley shown within Northumberland
Population 160 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference NZ044880
Civil parish
  • Rothley
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MORPETH
Postcode district NE61
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
List of places
55°11′10″N 1°55′55″W / 55.186°N 1.932°W / 55.186; -1.932Coordinates: 55°11′10″N 1°55′55″W / 55.186°N 1.932°W / 55.186; -1.932
Codger Fort

Rothley is a civil parish and small settlement in Northumberland, England about 2 miles (3 km) north east of Cambo and about 6 miles (10 km) west of Morpeth.


Rothley is a civil parish in its own right, within the unitary authority of Northumberland. Both parish and unitary authority have responsibility for different aspects of local government. It is in the parliamentary constituency of Berwick-upon-Tweed.


Rothley Castle (55°11′34″N 1°55′58″W / 55.1929°N 1.9328°W / 55.1929; -1.9328 (Rothley Castle)) is an 18th-century gothic folly built to resemble a medieval castle, situated at Rothley. It was designed in 1755 by architect Daniel Garrett for Sir Walter Blackett, owner of Wallington Hall, from where it is visible on the hillside.[2]

Rothley Crags (55°11′33″N 1°56′06″W / 55.1926°N 1.9349°W / 55.1926; -1.9349 (Rothley Crags)), a wild tract of country which was once Sir William Blackett's deer-park. With the mania our ancestors had for ruins, and surely there were enough in Northumberland already without building them, Sir William had some most realistic castellated ruins built on the top of the crags![2]

Rothley Lake (55°12′24″N 1°56′08″W / 55.2067°N 1.9356°W / 55.2067; -1.9356 (Rothley Lake)) breaks the bareness of the scenery,[2] prettily bordered with trees and overlooked by a wall of rugged crags topped by Codger Fort. Rothley Lakes (divided by a road) were created for the Wallington estate by Capability Brown. Codger Fort (55°12′19″N 1°55′54″W / 55.2053°N 1.9316°W / 55.2053; -1.9316 (Codger Fort)) was erected by Sir Walter Blackett after the Jacobite rising of 1745, probably to demonstrate his loyalty. The fort contained six cannon and hence would have proved a serious obstacle to any invading forces. The fort was designed by Thomas Wright of Durham, and has also been interpreted as a folly like Rothley Castle to the south. Huge beeches and pines line the ascending road from the lake. [3]

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  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Ridley, Nancy (1966). Portrait of Northumberland. London: Robert Hale. 
  3. ^ Hugill, Robert (1931). Road Guide to Northumberland and The Border. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Andrew Reid & Company, Limited. 

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