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Harbottle Castle, Harbottle

Description: Harbottle Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 21 October 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 236160

OS Grid Reference: NT9323004796
OS Grid Coordinates: 393230, 604796
Latitude/Longitude: 55.3372, -2.1083

Location: Harbottle, Northumberland NE65 7DG

Locality: Harbottle
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE65 7DG

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There is also a scheduled monument, Motte and Bailey Castle and Shell Keep Castle at Harbottle, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

NT 9304 (West end,off)

26/73 Harbottle Castle
21/10/53 (formerly listed as
The Remains of
Harbottle Castle)


Ruined castle. Started after 1157, reconstructed in stone C13, extensively
rebuilt in 1541.

The earliest work is a motte and bailey castle, the finest medieval earthwork
in the county. Ruined walls in~squared stone.

The ruins include a stretch of curtain wall c.40 yards long and 15 ft. high
with the remains of an angle tower at the north end. This wall separated the
bailey from an unfortified courtyard beyond. On the motte are extensive
fragments of a shell keep with one deeply-splayed C16 gun loop still in situ.
Two other smaller, but still high and dramatic fragments of the curtain wall
also remain.

Northumberland County History Vol.15.

Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: NT9323004796

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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