Chipchase Castle - Northumberland

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Chipchase Castle

Location OS Landranger sheet 87 NY 882 758

How to get there Take B6320 north to Wark cross river follow minor road south 1 1/2 miles

One of the most Picturesque of Northumbrian Mansions

In the reign of Henry II Chipchase was a hunting ground for the Umfravilles, Lords of Prudhoe. The Manor house was built by Cuthbert Heron in 1621

This is a Private Residence open to the public June 1 to 28 every year

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History

NY 882758/Habitable/Limited Access

On the Left bank of the North Tyne. A fine Tower House of mid C14 with later mansion alongside. This replaced a now vanished late C12 tower. The stone-built tower is 4 storeyed, with a vaulted basement and watch towers at each corner, joined by a parapet walk. The Tower House is assumed to have been built soon after Walter Heron married a de Lisle Heiress in 1348, however the first mention is in 1415 when it was held by Alexander Heron. In the 1950s earthworks were still visible to the south and these may have marked the site of a 12th C de Umfraville stronghold who were then the owners, or perhaps of the de Lisles to whom the manor was granted in the 13C. Sir George Heron, keeper of Tynedale was killed in the borderfight Known as the "Raid of Redesdale" in 1575. The castle allegedly has a ghost, Sir Reginald Fitz-Urse who was starved to death in the prison of the Great Keep.From the tower an underground passage has been traced for some distance to the south its use unknown.

Chollerton Castle; Chipchesse; Chipchace; Chypchase; Chipches

Old print T Allom 1832
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