Heaton Castle (Castle Heaton) - Northumberland

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Heaton Castle

Location OS Landranger sheet 74 NT 901419

The Greys aquired a manor here from the de Heton family in the Mid 13th century. The castle is known as Castle Heaton

This is a private residence and permission was granted to take the photographs produced here. With many thanks. NM sept 07

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History

NT 901419/Traces/Private House

Remains of a quadrangular castle founded in 1415 destroyed in 1496 by the Scots and James IV. It was described as ruinous in a survey of 1541 and a later survey advised "a vault that a hundred horses may stand in". Out of use by 1550, although ruins adapted to form bases for large bastle type building with stone vault.

In the 1580s there was a dispute between the Greys and the Crown as to who would bear the cost of repairing the Castle as a result of which nothing was done.The surviving remains consist of two buttresses set against the north east wall of the stable and the probable remains of a turret and rampart.

The castle stands high above the south bank of the river Till. The site is now covered by farm buildings.

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Heaton near Coldstream; Heton; Old Heaton

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