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Walwick Grange, Warden

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Wallwick; Wallick

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY90726930
Latitude 55.01820° Longitude -2.14638°

Walwick Grange, Warden has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


House, early C18 altered early C19, reputedly incorporating a medieval pele tower. Rubble with tooled stone dressings, entrance section and gable of main building towards garden ashlar-faced. Stone slate roofs.
Main building 'L' plan, 3 storeys with contemporary 2-storey left wing and early C19 gabled entrance section with porch in re-entrant angle.
River front 3 storeys, 5 windows, symmetrical. Small central door blocked and small window inserted, beneath a tall round-headed stair window in flat surround with moulded imposts and raised keystone, flanked at ground and 1st floor levels by 12-pane sashes in flat surrounds with raised keystones. 2nd floor has 5 12-pane sashes with tooled lintels. Roof has coped gables with kneelers carrying urn finials, stone gable stacks with conjoined shafts.
Garden front has 12- and 16-pane sashes, one renewed, porch door with 4-centred head, and a canted bay on the ground floor of the 2-storey C19 section. 2 ashlar ridge stacks on wing. Left gable of wing with blocked segmental-arched carriage entrance.
Interior. Elegant stair with curtail step, wreathed and moulded handrail and column-on-vase balusters. One ground floor room has bolection-moulded fireplace flanked by niches, panelled walls. Cellar with brick barrel vault. (Listed Building Report)

Walwick Grange stands on a rock, in a low and secluded situation, on the brink of the North Tyne. The ancient dwelling was built after the manner of the border towers: the additions to it in the modern style. It was the seat of Anthony Errington, Esq. in 1551; and of his lineal descendant, John, in the latter part of last century. The estate is leasehold, under the Northumberland family. (Hodgson and Laird 1813)

300 metres to the west of the Grange are some well preserved medieval fish ponds. These are high status features and there must, therefore, have been a high status precursor medieval building to the C18 Grange. Anthony Errington is recorded as a gentlemen living at Wallick Grange in the 1550 survey (Hodgson, 1828, History of Northumberland pt.3 v. 2 p. 247). Early C19 writers record the building and it seems to have been a solar or chamber tower attached to a hall.
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