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Biddlestone Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Turris de Bidilston; Bedylsden; Bidleston; Billesdun; Bittilsden; Byttylsden; Bitlesden

In the civil parish of Biddlestone.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NT95530831
Latitude 55.3686° Longitude -2.071°

Biddlestone Hall has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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

Description

Biddlestone Hall 1787-1816 and C19 chapel. The Hall contains the remains of a medieval tower house, the vaulted basement of which was used as an air raid shelter during World War II. A C19 chapel was built on the tower basement. Inside, the basement has a characteristic barrel vault and several other medieval features are visible including a doorway. The plan of the tower is unusual because it is elongated and the main entrance lies in a gable end, a feature more often seen in later bastle houses. The tower represents the only surviving remains of a fortified manor house first recorded in 1415. It was incorporated into a larger manor house in C17 and later formed part of Biddlestone Hall, built between 1787-1816. The upper floors of the tower were converted into a chapel in the early C19. The tunnel vaulted basement was converted into an air raid shelter during World War II. The remainder of Biddlestone Hall was demolished circa 1960, leaving only the tower. It is commonly believed that the mansion was the one on which Sir Walter Scott based Osbaldeston Hall in Rob Roy.
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This record last updated on Saturday, March 29, 2014

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