Rothley Castle

The National Trust recently bought back this 1750’s crenellated eye-catcher, designed by Daniel Garrett, to restore its association with the Wallington Estate in mid Northumberland. Prominent on a craggy outcrop in the centre of a Deer Park now designated as Access Land, it may have served originally as a picnic spot and viewing tower. 250 years of weathering and more recently of vandalism had left the ruin in a dangerous and diminished state. Two seasons of masonry consolidation and the reinstatement of the internal stone stairs aim to provide managed access to this splendid viewpoint. New mild steel gates are mainly introduced to exclude cattle and sheep and the handrails to the stairs and viewing platform offer safety to visitors.

Rothley Castle, Wallington Estate

A prominent ‘eye-catcher’ designed by Daniel Garrett in the 1750s; weathering and wilful damage has made Rothley Castle unsafe

Rothley Castle, Wallington Estate

Rothley Castle, Wallington Estate

Part of the screen wall and the South Tower

Rothley Castle, Wallington Estate

Rothley Castle, Wallington Estate

New steelwork gate to control access to the Central Tower

Rothley Castle, Wallington Estate

Rothley Castle, Wallington Estate

Handrail to viewing platform

Rothley Castle, Wallington Estate

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