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Longwitton Hall

In the civil parish of Netherwitton.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ080887
Latitude 55.19170° Longitude -1.87483°

Longwitton Hall has been described as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Longwitton Hall is a country house dating , initially , from the early 18th century. During the 18th and 19th centuries the original part was added to the southeast, so the overall plan is a L-shape. The house is squared stone, with dressings, tooled stone and ashlar. The roof is slate. This is a typical smaller country house of the area that has developed through time. (Keys to the Past)

House, west wing probably early C18 altered late C18, south-east block c.1840, later C19 extensions. Squared stone with dressings; south-east block tooled- and-margined stone with ashlar dressings; slate roofs. L-plan with later extruded additions. West front(to courtyard) 2 storeys, 8 bays, irregular. 6-panel door in 5th bay, boarded door with chamfered surround in 1st bay. Varied fenestration, mostly sashes; 3rd bay ground-floor window is a tripartite sash in a raised and chamfered stone surround, set in an earlier opening with a flat- arched lintel. 7th and 8th bays slightly taller with blind windows. Hipped roof with 3 stepped ridge stacks. Right return (to garden)3 bays; left bay is the end of the west wing and has plinth, sill bands and full-height canted bay with 12-pane sashes in chamfered surrounds and top cornice. South-east block to right has plinth, 1st floor band, angle pilasters and eaves cornice on block corbels; sash windows, some renewed, in raised chamfered surrounds.
Interior: 2 C18 fireplaces, one Gothick, in west wing. 2 re-set mid C18 Rococo carved wood chimney pieces, said to have been brought from Wallington Hall. Decorative plaster ceilings of c.1900. Cellar under west wing has stair constructed of sills and lintels from C17 single-light windows.
The house stands on a medieval site; the present south-east block probably replaces medieval work. (Listed Building Report)

Salter writes "Thick wall of former tower within C19 hall." but this assertion is not supported by other authorities. However there does seem to have been a gentry status medieval house on the site and, in this area, that may well have had some fortified element such as a crenellated chamber or solar tower although there is no actual evidence for this.
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