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Description: Ruins of Cartington Castle
Date Listed: 21 October 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 236344
OS Grid Reference: NU0388104533
OS Grid Coordinates: 403881, 604533
Latitude/Longitude: 55.3348, -1.9404
There is also a scheduled monument, Cartington Castle at Cartington Farm, 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.
NU 00 SW
16/7 Ruins of
Fortified Manor House: Several C14 and early C15 builds; alterations and
extensions in late C16 or early C17; partial demolition following 1648 siege,
with part of hall range and north-east tower remodelled afterwards; fell into
ruins early in C19; excavation, repairs and some restoration 1887 by C.C.
Hodges for Lord Armstrong. Squared stone. Plan: Hall range with solar
(north-east) tower at east end and rectangular courtyard on south, with C16/17
east range and medieval south-east turret; only traces survive of outer
courtyard to north and post-medieval walled orchard to south.
Hall range: South elevation shows chamfered and moulded plinths, and projecting
semi-octagonal stair turret with chamfered setbacks and loops; left moulded
ground-floor doorway, partly restored; right inserted C16/17 lst-floor door.
On far right remains of C16/17 stair projection. Scattered fenestration
includes 3 large 2-light windows of 1887, re-using old materials but not all
in correct positions. Other outer walls of range only stand to 1st floor
level, with several chamfered doorways and loops; on north the lower part of
a large flying buttress. Interior: tower basement has 3 barrel-vaulted
chambers and well shaft; eastern of 3 rooms beneath hall retains part of its
segmental vault. Wall between tower and hall stands to 3-storey height. Several
original doorways, fireplaces and stairs including full-height newel stair
Walls around courtyard: East wall stands to lst floor level, with inserted
C16/17 doorway and window; outer walls of east range ruined. South-east
turret has barrel-vaulted chamber and projection with lst-floor garderobe.
2-metre high south wall is post-medieval reconstruction except for traces of
tower, perhaps original gatehouse, at west end. Cl7 west wall has central
gateway with rusticated piers, the southern retaining part of its moulded cap.
Inside courtyard, remains of detached C16/17 stair to let-floor hall range,
and foundations of demolished range of similar date.
Historical notes: Built for the Cartington family (licence to crenellate
1441). In 1494 it passed by marriage to the Radcliffes and later to the
Widdringtons, Sir Edward Widdrington holding it briefly for the King in the
1648 siege. Detailed description by H.L. Honeyman in Northumberland County
History XV, 375-80 (1940).
Listing NGR: NU0387804533
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Source: English Heritage
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