Rothley Castle

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Rothley Castle
Rothley Castle 2.jpg
Rothley Castle is located in Northumberland
Rothley Castle
Rothley Castle
Rothley Castle shown within Northumberland
OS grid reference NZ044887
Coordinates 55°11′35″N 1°55′55″W / 55.193°N 1.932°W / 55.193; -1.932Coordinates: 55°11′35″N 1°55′55″W / 55.193°N 1.932°W / 55.193; -1.932
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Rothley Castle is an 18th-century gothic folly built to resemble a medieval castle, situated at Rothley, Northumberland. It is a Grade II* listed building.[1]

It was designed in 1755 by architect Daniel Garrett for Sir Walter Blackett, owner of Wallington Hall, from where it is visible on the skyline.[2] A genuine medieval tower, known as Rothley Tower (which stood nearby), was demolished, probably early in the 19th century.

A similar gothic folly, also part of the Wallington estate, is Codger Fort, on crags about a mile north of Rothley Castle. It is in the form of a triangular gun battery, and was designed by Thomas Wright of Durham.

Both Wallington and Rothley Castle are in the ownership of the National Trust.

Rothley Castle


  1. ^ "Rothley Castle, Rothley". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  2. ^ "A monument that's really an ornament". The Journal. 2006-05-22. Retrieved 2015-07-23.