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Featherstone Castle, Featherstone

Description: Featherstone Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 10 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 240698

OS Grid Reference: NY6737860955
OS Grid Coordinates: 367378, 560955
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9422, -2.5107

Location: Hall Bank, Featherstone, Northumberland NE49 0JG

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

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Listing Text

NY 66 SE
(South side, off)
15/94 Feathers tone Castle


Country house. Possibly an early C13 hall-house (now incorporated in west
range) with early C14 south-west tower; early C17 alterations; remainder
c.1812-30 for Thomas Wallace. Coursed rubble with dressings; slate and stone-
flagged roofs; stone chimneys. 4 ranges with corner towers around a rectangular
courtyard; nursery wing on north-east tower. Castellated style. Mainly C19
fenestration and embattled parapets.

Embattled west front. Buttressed 2-storey hall range: early C17 ogee-headed
doorway to cross-passage (possibly re-set early C13 pointed doorway facing
courtyard at far end of passage); two c.1330 cross windows with cusped trefoiled
heads. 3-stage early C14 L-plan south-west tower: mullioned windows; scattered
loops; original parapet on head corbels with corner bartizans; slightly-taller
look-out turret. L-plan stairway to 2-storey added porch on west face of tower.
3-stage north-west tower: small (re-set?) C13 angle buttress; windows with
arched heads; taller stair turret; single-storey, 2-bay addition on north.

Embattled south front. Early C14 tower (q.v.) at west. 3-bay centre with
taller 2-storey semicircular bay and tower on east have mainly grouped lights
with arched heads. Porch on south face of east tower has 4-centred archway and
battered angle buttresses. L-plan stair and screen wall on east return of porch.

Buttressed 2-storey, 4-bay east range: mullioned windows with cinquefoil heads;
pointed doorway; low-pitched stone-flagged roof. Taller north-east tower has
similar details as south-east tower. 2-storey, 4-bay nursery wing has mainly
mullioned windows with arched heads, crowstepped east gable and 2-storey
semicircular bay on rear.

North range partly hidden by later outbuildings (q.v.) may incorporate earlier
masonry; flanking east and west towers already described.

Single-storey wing incourtyardlinkseast and west ranges.

Interior greatly altered in C19. South-west tower: 2 barrel-vaulted basements;
fragments of spiral stone stair on second floor. C19 Tudor-Gothic decoration
in west range.

(John Gibson, "Featherstone Castle, Northumberland" Archaeologia Aeliana, 4th
Series, Vol. II, 1926).

Listing NGR: NY6737860955

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Source: English Heritage

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