Langley Castle - Northumberland

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Langley Castle

Location OS Landranger sheet 87 NY 835625 http://www.getamap.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk/?gr

How to get there:- From East: A69 from Newcastle for 30 miles, past Hexham turn left before Haydon Bridge.

From West: A69 from Carlisle for 40 miles, through Haydon Bridge, turn right follow the road for 2 miles.

A very impressive building. Probably the finest tower-house in Northumberland. Built by the de Lucy family before 1368 (1350) Restored by Cadwaller Bates after 1882.

Langley Castle is an Hotel

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Postcard of Langley Castle posted 1909
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NY 835625/Hotel/Access

Tower house built circa 1350, in ruins by 1541. A four storey central block with five storey angle towers projecting from the east and west faces. A later C14 forebuilding is set in the re-entrant angle of the south east tower and the east face. It was restored in the 1890's by antiquarian Cadwallader Bates became St Cuthbert's school for girls and is currently an hotel. Probably the finest tower-house in Northumberland, Langley Castle is thought to have been built by Sir Thomas de Lucy and later belonged to the Earl of Northumberland. It was already a roofless ruin in 1541 but remained a tolerably intact shell until Bates' restoration.

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