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Blenkinsopp Castle, Greenhead

Description: Blenkinsopp Castle

Grade: II
Date Listed: 10 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 240717

OS Grid Reference: NY6648564506
OS Grid Coordinates: 366485, 564506
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9740, -2.5251

Locality: Greenhead
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: CA8 7JN

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Listing Text

NY 66 SE
(South side, off)
15/70 Blenkinsopp Castle
10/6/52 (previously listed
in the Civil Parish
of Blenkinsopp)

House incorporating fragments of a medieval tower house. Licence to crenellate
1340; colliery agent's house added c.1832 (possibly by John Dobson); enlarged
and largely rebuilt in Tudor style 1877-80 for William Lisle Blenkinsopp Coulson.
First floor of 1880 entrance block removed in 1986. Dressed and squared stone
incorporating some Roman material; roofs and chimneys of occupied west and north
ranges are not visible; entrance block and agent's house now roofless ruins.
Square-plan entrance block with agent's house set back on east and L-plan north
range and house, with wall enclosing small yard, on west. Tudor style c.1880
details. Mainly 2- and 3-light mullioned windows under hoodmoulds.

2-bay entrance block incorporates medieval fabric especially in east will:
4-centred moulded doorway (in square frame with foliage-carved spandrels under
hoodmould) and 3-light window on front. 2-bay agent's house has window with
re-set cable-moulded surround on front and projecting bay window on east return.
2-storey occupied house at west has one-bay front and 2-bay returns: 2-light
first-floor-oriel window on front; embattled parapets; medieval fabric (including
ground-floor room with rubble ceiling and external wall footings) at north-west
corner. Wall enclosing yard has central round archway and incorporates re-set
carved Roman and medieval fragments. 2-storey, 6-bay north range with 2-bay
rear elevation of agent's house at east: 2- and 3-light windows and embattled
parapet on 6-bay section; 3-light windows with arched heads on agent's house.
Archway and former stable block (now restaurant) on west return of occupied
house are not of special interest. Apart from the occupied house and north
range, the remains are in a derelict condition. Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: NY6648564506

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Source: English Heritage

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