Listed Building Grade II, Scheduled Ancient Monument
Blenkinsopp Castle, NORTHUMBERLAND
- Blenkinsopp Castle is a 19th century mansion incorporating fragments of a 14th century tower house (specifically the north east tower and entrance hall's east wall) and a colliery agent's house of the 1830s. The north range and the house remains in good condition and is occupied, but the rest is in ruins following a fire and demolition work in the late 20th century.
CASTLE, HOTEL, MANSION HOUSE, TOWER HOUSE
- EARLY 14TH CENTURY Probable period of construction for the castle.
- 1340 Licence to crenellate granted by Edward III on the 6th of May 1340.
King Edward III: Granted licence to crenellate.
de Blenkensop, Thomas: Owner of castle.
- 1541 Castle reported to be in a state of decay.
- LATE 18TH CENTURY Castle in disrepair. Poor house built on the site.
- 1832 - 1833 Mine agent's house built on the site.
Dobson, John: Possibly responsible for the mine agent's house.
- 1877 - 1880 Restored and enlarged, in the Tudor style, by William Lisle Blenkinsopp Coulson of Jesmond.
Blenkinsopp Coulson, William Lisle:
- 1930 - 1950 At some point during this period the house was converted to an hotel by the new owners, the Joicey family.
- 1954 Blenkinsopp Castle gutted by a fire.
- 1960s Part of fire damaged ruins demolished.
- 1986 First floor of 1880 entrance block demolished.
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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.192-193
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