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Rothley Castle, Rothley

Description: Rothley Castle

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 29 May 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 236313

OS Grid Reference: NZ0437588743
OS Grid Coordinates: 404375, 588743
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1929, -1.9328

Location: Rothley, Northumberland NE61 4JU

Locality: Rothley
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE61 4JU

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Listing Text

NZ 08 NW
17/74 Rothley Castle


Folly. c.1755 by Daniel Garrett for Sir Walter Blackett. Random rubble.
Gothick style. Canted screen wall stretching c.60 yards along top of hill
with square end towers and larger square central tower.

Central tower: 2 storeys. Tall pointed-arched doorway with flanking blocked
lower arches forming niches. Above it a cruciform slit, the arms of the
cross treated as mouchettes. Very large, rough, close-set corbels. Roofless.
Similar arched niches on each of the other sides.

Screen walls stand to c.8 ft. in places, ruinous in others. Five cruciform
slits remain.

End towers have pointed-arched niches on 3 sides, open on 4th side towards
inner face of wall. Similar corbels.

Interior of central tower has stone stairs to roof platform. Full-height
room behind arched doorway has, to left and right, two tall screens of two
unmoulded square columns.

TYNE & WEAR COUNTY COUNCIL MUSEUMS; Capability Brown and the Northern Landscape:
Exhibition Catalogue: 1983.

Listing NGR: NZ0437588743

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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