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Etal Castle

Location OS Landranger sheet 74

NT 924395

How to get there East of the A696 between Cornhill and Milfield

High on the south bank of the Till. The Manners family held Etal from at least as early as the 1170s. Licenced to crenellate 1341.

The Castle is in the custody of English Heritage

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<<Arms of the Manners family on the Gatehouse
In Etal Village>>
History

NT 924395/Ruin/EH

The Manners family held Etal from at least as early as the 1170s. Remains consists of the great tower to the north west, a gate tower to the south east and a smaller third tower to the south west. A length of the original curtain wall survives connecting the latter two. In c1341 Edward III granted the lord of Etal, Robert Manners, licence to crenellate. Almost certainly the tower, a tower house, itself was already crenellated at this time, but the grant meant that its owner now had permission to extend the fortification to include the gatehouse, corner tower and curtain wall whose remains now extend around the edges of the barmkin.

Documents indicate that the construction of these features took a minimum of 15 years. On the 1415 list it appears as a Castle. Sir william Heron was killed whilst assaulting the castle in 1428 as part of a feud between the Herons of Ford and the Manners. In 1535 it was said that " Henry Collingwood, the constable keeps a good house", but the 1541 survey notes it as needing repair.

After passing through a number of hands, it was sold to James Laing, and again to Lord Joicy in 1908.

Echale; Ethalle; Othale; Ethale; Etella; Etall; Etell; Etayle

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