Dilston Castle - Northumberland

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Dilston Castle

Location OS Landranger sheet 88 NY 977633

How to get there From Corbridge, south over river, B6529 Hexham road, then left onto A695 east and after a few hundred yards right onto B6307 , in the grounds of Dilston Hall

13c Manor house has no trace. The existing Tower formed the centre of a later mansion mentioned in a deed of 1464

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The Chapel is described in Mike Salter's book The Old Parish Churches of Northumberland

History

NY 977633/Ruin/Access

Tower house, probably built by Sir William Claxton in the early C15 and enlarged later in C15, and in the mid to late C16 by the Radcliffes (later Earls of Derwentwater). It was further remodeled circa 1620 as part of Dilston Hall and was altered when the Hall was rebuilt in 1710-15. The tower house is constructed from squared stone with stone dressings; it is now roofless. The foundations removed in 1881 may have been of the earlier medieval castle of the Divelstons. It is best known for its connections with the popular 3rd Earl of Derwentwater, executed 1716 for his part in the Jacobite rebellion. After the death of his son in 1731 the Derwentwater estates were seized by the Government and passed to the Greenwich Hospital Trustees, who in 1765 demolished the Hall except for the original tower house.

Dyvelston; Divelston; Devilstone; Devilswater

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