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Wallington Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ02888419
Latitude 55.15208° Longitude -1.95632°

Wallington Hall has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are masonry footings remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


A list of 1415 refers to a tower at Wallington, also referred to as a 'castle' in 1538 (Bates 1891).
Wallington Hall, built in 1688, with 18th century alterations. Of the castle only some cellars remain (Pevsner 1957).
Remains of the tower now form the west cellar of the present Hall, which belongs to the National Trust, but is not outstanding (F1 BHP 24-AUG-1968).
Medieval fragments in cellars, house rebuilt in 1688, and again in years between 1727 and 1751, possibly by Paine. Again altered 1855 by Dobson, with advice from Ruskin. Sandstone, two storeyed, nine bays with a three-bay pediment. Main south front windows have moulded frames, and the doorway has a pediment, otherwise little enrichment but effect depends on good proportions. Whole south front visible from public road which runs through the park without walls or hedges (Listed Building Report).
Wallington Tower or Castle. In list of 1541, a tower and stone walled house are mentioned. Leland recorded that a Tudor house was added to the medieval fortress (Long 1967).
Present house built by Sir William Blackett in 1688. Little remains of 14th century medieval castle which was extended in 15th and 16th centuries under the Fenwick family. Castle pulled down by Sir William Blackett along with attached Tudor dwelling. Present building erected on the site. Golden age of Wallington from 1728 under Sir Walter Calverley Blackett. 18th century decoration in interior (Anderson). (Northumberland HER)

Called a turris in the 1415 list, Wallington Castle 'the chefist howse of the Fenwiks' by Leland and a stronge toure and a stone house in the 1541 survey which suggest a large solar tower attached to a hall block. Probably at the top end of the pele tower type of fortified houses but not a baronial tower house or a noble castle.
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