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Bellister Castle, Featherstone

Description: Bellister Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 10 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 240693

OS Grid Reference: NY7006862959
OS Grid Coordinates: 370068, 562959
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9604, -2.4690

Location: Bellister Bank, Featherstone, Northumberland NE49 0HZ

Locality: Featherstone
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE49 0HZ

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There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Bellister Castle (uninhabited parts), at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.

Listing Text

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

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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