Description: Ravensworth Castle
Date Listed: 1 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 303829
OS Grid Reference: NZ2327259118
OS Grid Coordinates: 423272, 559118
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9262, -1.6384
There is also a scheduled monument, Ravensworth Quadrangular Castle, 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.
NZ 25 NW LAMESLEY CROSS LANE
11/63 (south side, off)
1.2.67 Ravensworth Castle
2 eastern towers and fragments of curtain wall; dates given as C12 (Pevsner
and Williamson); late C13 (Boyle); 1290 (Longstaff). C14 plan of 4 towers
and curtain wall forming square enclosure with no keep; (compare Ford 1338,
Chillingham 1344, Raby 1378) Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar
dressings. 3 storeys. Southern tower has elliptical-headed entrance in
the north face, 4 lancet windows in west ground floor of late C13 type.
North tower has mullioned and transomed window in first floor north face.
Historical note: Ravensworth Castle was the property of the Fitz-Marmadukes;
then in C14 and C15 of the Lumleys; then of the Gascoignes, from whom
Thomas Liddell, a Newcastle merchant, bought it in 1607. It remained in
the Liddell family until 1976. Sir Thomas Liddell, later Lord Ravensworth,
demolished all but these towers of the house then standing. A scheduled
Listing NGR: NZ2327259118
Source: English Heritage
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