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Haggerston Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hagerston; Braggarstone; Turris de Haggarston

In the civil parish of Ancroft.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of County Palatinate of Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NU04204366
Latitude 55.68693° Longitude -1.93500°

Haggerston Castle has been described as a probable Masonry Castle, and also as a certain Tower House.

There are no visible remains.

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


Castle mentioned in documentary sources in 1311, and described as a strong tower circa 1345. Partly destroyed by fire in 1618. A print of circa 1772 shows the tower in ruinous condition. The remains were demolished in 1805 and a house built on the foundations. This house was in turn replaced circa 1883-89 but the replacement has since been demolished itself, leaving only a tall, narrow, L-plan tower, which served as both a water tower and a belvedere. (PastScape)

John de Hagardestoun, a Scot who chose to live in England when he swore fealty to Edward I in 1296, chose Haggardstown as his estate. His son Robert applied for a licence to crenellate the manor house in 1345, the replacement being described at the time as a strong, square tower. In 1805, the tower was pulled down and a wing to a new mansion built on its foundations. A grander complex replaced this in 1889, but was burnt down in 1911, and a new building, including a tall tower, rose on the site. The site was sold in 1931, only the mock tower of post-1911 remaining, in what is now Haggerston Castle Holiday park. (PastScape ref. Dodds, 1991)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1345 June 4 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Licence to crenellate granted, to Robert Hagerston, in 1345. The spelling Braggarstone is an antiquarian slip of the pen.
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