Listed Building Grade I
Featherstone Castle, NORTHUMBERLAND
- Large two storey country house with a central courtyard and four corner towers. The parapets and west front are embattled. Of the four towers, the northeastern is the tallest, but similar in design to the southwest - L-shaped, with rounded bartizans at the corners.
CASTLE, CONFERENCE CENTRE, COUNTRY HOUSE, HALL HOUSE, SCHOOL
- Historical Background
- The earliest part of Featherstone Castle is a 13th century hall, which at some point was incorporated into the west range of the castle. The large tower of the 14th century was the main addition to the building in the medieval period.
There is little known about the castle until the end of the 17th century, when it passed briefly to the Earls of Carlisle, only to be reclaimed in 1711 and then sold to James Wallace in 1789. It was his son Thomas who began the remodelling of the early 18th century, continued by the Hope-Wallaces.
- EARLY 13TH CENTURY Hall house constructed.
Featherstonehaugh, Helias: Earliest recorded owner.
- EARLY 14TH CENTURY Southwest tower built.
- 17TH CENTURY AD Extensive remodelling in the Gothic style.
- 1812 - 1830 Castle remodelled and extended by Thomas Wallace. Windows replaced and parapets added.
Wallace, Thomas: Owner.
- 1844 - 1854 Further alterations by James Hope-Wallace.
Hope-Wallace, James: Owner of Featherstone Castle.
- 1950 The castle is sold and becomes a school.
- 1961 Castle converted again, into a residence and conference centre.
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Keys To The Past
- Northumberland SMR
- Pevsner, N., Richmond, I., Grundy, J., McCombie, G., Ryder, P. and Welfare, H. (2001) The Buildings of England: Northumberland. London, Penguin Books, pp.278-279
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