Halton Castle - Northumberland

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Halton Castle

Location OS Landranger sheet 86 NY 997 679

How to get there North of Corbridge, past A69, take A68 north 3/4 mile and follow signs right to Aydon and Halton

Probably built by John de Halton d. 1287 is said to have been destroyed by the Scots and abandoned in favour of Sewingshields castle.

This is a Private Residence

Halton castle is less than a mile from Aydon Castle

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NY 997679 /Habitable/Private House

In the civil parish of Whittington. Halton is a quiet hamlet comprising The Castle, an old church some dwellings and a nearby Roman fort. A manor house said to be have been built by John de Halton, who died in 1287, is said to have been destroyed by the Scots and abandoned in favour of Sewingshields Castle. C13 or early C14 tower house with an attached hall house of C15 which was mostly demolished and replaced with a Jacobean house in C17. Dressed stone with stone slate roofs. Irregular plan. Garden front has a four-storey, late C14 tower projecting on left. The tower is built of Roman stones. A Medieval wall, c.8 ft high and 3-4 ft thick. It is attached to the south front of the tower and may represent part of the barmkin from the Medieval manor house; now a garden wall. Frank Graham, 1976, The Castles of Northumberland recounts the inventory of the goods of Lancelot Carnaby of Halton who died in 1624. In the bedroom were " one low bed with a cannibye, one mattresse and a feather bed, a paire of blanketts one coverlett, one greene rug and a Courting belonging to the cannibye, two bolsters, one cubbert and a long sattle bed".

It is presently the home of Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett.

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