Widdrington Castle shown within Northumberland
|OS grid reference|
Widdrington Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the site of a former medieval tower house and castle at Widdrington, Northumberland, England of which only earthworks now remain. The location is within a mile or so of the North Sea.
The property was owned by the Widdrington family from the 12th century. In 1341 Gerard Widdrington was granted a licence to crenellate the house, which was later rebuilt in the early 17th century as a manor house. Engravings show a substantial tower with bartizans (projecting turrets) at the corners, similar to the surviving structure at nearby Belsay Castle.
The estates of a later William Widdrington were sequestrated, and sold by the Crown, as a result of his attainder for treason for his part in the Jacobite rising of 1715. The castle was reported to be in a ruinous condition in 1720.
New owners began a rebuild in 1772 but the structure was destroyed by fire. A second attempt at reconstruction was more successful but the new Gothic-style castle was demolished in 1862.