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Bellister Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Featherstone, Northumberland

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Latitude: 54.9604 / 54°57'37"N

Longitude: -2.469 / 2°28'8"W

OS Eastings: 370068

OS Northings: 562959

OS Grid: NY700629

Mapcode National: GBR CC62.8N

Mapcode Global: WH912.1LL5

Plus Code: 9C6VXG6J+4C

Entry Name: Bellister Castle

Listing Date: 10 June 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1045292

English Heritage Legacy ID: 240693

Location: Featherstone, Northumberland, NE49

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Featherstone

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Haltwhistle Holy Cross

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

Tagged with: Castle Manor house

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NY 76 SW
(South side, off)
16/89 Bellister Castle
10/6/52 (formerly listed
in the Civil Parish
of Bellister)


Ruined tower house and adjoining occupied house. Ruined section possibly a C13
hall-house with C14 (possibly solar) tower on west; altered c.1600. Occupied
house dated 1669 but possibly incorporating medieval fabric in lower courses;
major alterations c.1826 by John Dobson and c.1890; partly rebuilt c.1901-5
following an extensive fire. Tower coursed rubble with dressings; roofless.
House squared and snecked sandstone, roofs not visible. L-plan medieval range
with U-plan occupied house on east end. Castellated style house.

Ruined section of 2 builds retains few architectural details. Original north
and west walls are 2 and 3 storeys high, south wall has partly collapsed and
east wall is largely destroyed. Projecting north-west corner with alternating
quoins; fragment of spiral stair near south-west corner. Narrower added tower
on west has similar projecting corners; fragmentary window openings on north;
window in surround with double-roll moulding set high on west; fragment of
garderobe on partly-collapsed south wall.

Occupied house has mainly C19 2- and 3-light mullioned windows and embattled
parapets. North front has recessed centre and projecting wings: 3-storey, 3-bay
centre has possibly re-set moulded ogee-headed doorway and 1669 datestone;
slightly-projecting c.1890 tower on west, adjoining ruined section, with
projecting single-storey wing on front; far-projecting early C19 2-storey east
wing with flanking corner turrets, cross windows and a later 3-storey semi-
octagonal tower on north-west corner. 2-storey, 3-bay east return has projecting
tower with pointed doorway, flanking elaborate oriel windows and projecting
corners. South front of 2 builds: recessed 3-storey, 3-bay centre; c.1890 tower
at west with taller turret; wider 2-storey tower at east with projecting corners
and turrets. Interior refitted in early C20.

Listing NGR: NY7006862959

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