Prudhoe Castle

Northumberland, England

City/Town/Village: Wylam
District: Northumberland
County: Northumberland
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9651, -1.85682
Postcode: NE42 6NA
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the castle)


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Prudhoe Castle has many a story to tell so a family day out to this Northumberland fortress is truly worthwhile. Continuously occupied for over nine centuries it was originally the home of the Umfravilles but was eventually taken over by the famous Percy family who restored it. Surviving two sieges during the 1170s , Prudhoe was the only Northumberland castle to resist the Scots. Visit the family-friendly exhibition to find out all about these developments and more about this long-lived fortress. Have a picnic and take in the surroundings, browse in the shop or explore the keep, great hall and towered walls enclosing a fine Georgian mansion.
Adults: £4.20 from 1 Apr 2010
Children: £2.10 from 1 Apr 2010
Concessions: £3.60 from 1 Apr 2010
EH Member Cost: Free

Information from English Heritage website

Prudhoe Castle is a Listed Building. Here's what the official description says about it:




Castle. Largely C12 and C13. Barbican C14. Manor house early C19. Squared
stone. Manor house dressed stone and stone slate roof. Inner and outer
baileys now divided by Gothick manor house, keep and gatehouse with barbican.
Castle approached by elongated barbican with outer pointed arch leading to
round-headed tunnel-vaulted gate passage under rectangular tower. Chapel on
1st floor important early canted oriel window, lancet windows on east side;
guard room above and external stair from ground to roof. Curtain wall largely
intact with a variety of features connected with former internal buildings,
the foundations of which have recently been exposed, and including shouldered-
arched opening to well-preserved garderobe on south side. East tower, Gothicised
in late C18. Manor house of 2 storeys, 5 bays, has to left a round-arched
carriage entry to inner ward. 6-panelled door with four-centred head and fanlight
in right bay. Similar heads to windows, sashes with intersecting glazing bars.
Left return embattled and incorporating earlier masonry with two 2-light C15
windows. Right return apsidal and embattled. 3 stone ridge stacks.

Inner bailey has well-preserved curtain wall with round tower at north-west
corner and base of another at south-west corner. Ruined keep, linked to Manor
House by remains of forebuilding, is quite small, 41 x 44 feet. South-west
corner intact with crenellated angle turret. Mural stair in west wall and 2
shouldered-arched openings in north wall. Well-preserved garderobe on north
curtain wall.

Range of early and mid C19 outbuildings against west wall.

Royal Archeological Institute: Newcastle 1976
Archeologia Aeliana: New Series XIV 1891
Anglo-Norman Studies: Vol. 5

Listing NGR: NZ0916663408

Information from British Listed Buildings

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