Great Swinburne Castle - Northumberland

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Great Swinburne Castle

Location OS Landranger

sheet 87 NY 934753

How to get there From A68, 1.5Km north of junction with A6079 take minor road marked Gt. Swinburne. Park outside Catholic church and walk back to a public footpath sign. Path goes south east from here and affords views of the Castle.

This is a Private Residence

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History

NY934753/Traces/Private Residence (view available from Public Footpath)

Above the Dry Burn, Roger Widdrington in 1346 had been granted a licence to crenellate his house at West Swinburne.This was noted in 1415 as a fortalice, held by Sir John Widdrington. it had an enclosing curtain wall by 1479. Described as in decay by 1541 and as a large but roofless tower. In 1596 Sir Robert Kerr broke into the castle and released James Young, who had been imprisoned as part of a feud. The hall which replaced this tower is now itself gone having been built around 1600. It was confiscated from the Royalist Sir William Widdrington in 1652 and sold to Gilbert Crouch . It was sold again in 1678 to Thomas Riddell. It was recorded as "an ancient pile" in 1715. Riddell's son William demolished most of the Castle for its materials in 1728. The remains comprise two tunnel vaulted basements east of the present house. The present mansion was built out of the ruins of the old Castle by Thomas Riddell about 1760. This new building said to be a striking cream colour (FG 1976), is a Grade 2* listed building

The Hermitage in the Castle estate
About half a mile from the Castle is the largest Standing Stone in Northumberland. Located at NY 937 744
An old photograph of the Castle.
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