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Seaton Delaval Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Delavel; Dalawele; Seton Dallyvell; Turris de Seton de la uale

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ322765
Latitude 55.08213° Longitude -1.49633°

Seaton Delaval Castle has been described as a certain Pele Tower, and also as a probable Tower House.

There are no visible remains.


A tower at Seaton Delaval is mentioned in 1415, though no license to crenellate is known. Additions were made to it in the 16th and 17th centuries and in 1549 its top was used for a beacon. It is recorded either as being annexed to a Tudor mansion which became the core of the following large Jacobean hall (built 1718-28) or as being demolished together with the Tudor house in 1720. The OS publication is therefore wrong both in description and siting. The only possible description on the evidence is 'Tower', and the site is probably that occupied by Seaton Delaval Hall - NZ 322 765 (F1 FDC 07-JAN-1954).
No remains of the tower are to be seen at Seaton Delaval Hall, which is now in ruins (F2 EG 07-APR-1954). (Northumberland HER)

Called a turris in the 1415 list but high up on a list that may be roughly graded by size and status. An Inventory of 1606, given in Craster, may suggest a tower with eight or more chambers but also suggests this may have been a solar tower attached to a hall (called the great dyninge chamber in the inventory). Knightly status and most probably a solar tower so a 'pele tower' in the terms used in Gatehouse rather than a baronial tower house although this does seem to have been a notably large tower since Leland called it a castle.
The National Trust owned Vanburgh designed hall of 1719-30 (Grade 1 listed) occupies the probably site and, understandably, dominates the architectural history of the site.
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