Langley Castle, Northumberland
~ History ~
1360's ~ Sir Thomas de Lucy builds himself a strong tower house.
It later passes through marriage to Gilbert de Umfraville, Earl of Angus.
1381 ~ Following Gilbert's death the castle passes to Henry de Percy, Earl of Northumberland.
1403 ~ As a consequence of the unsuccessful Percy rebellion with Owain Glyndwr against King Henry IV, the castle is captured and burnt.
1414 ~ The castle is held by the King's third son John, Duke of Bedford.
1441 ~ Following a long running legal battle the castle is restored to the Earl of Northumberland.
1537 ~ Langley reverts to the Crown, but by this time it is reported without floors or roof.
1557 ~ The castle is once again returned to the Earl of Northumberland, only to be sold to Sir Reynold Carnaby a few years later.
1668 ~ The Radcliffes of Dilston are created Earls of Derwentwater and obtain the castle.
1715 ~ Following the 3rd Earl of Derwentwater's involvement in the failed Jacobite rebellion, Langley Castle is confiscated and granted to
the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital,
1800's ~ The castle is used by a farmer and visitors note signs of fire upon its walls.
1865 ~ The castle is transferred to the Lords of Admiralty who in turn sell it to Cadwaller Bates, who restores the ruin and makes it habitable once more.
Langley Castle Hotel, Langley, Hexham
Langley Castle is a fine example of a 14th century tower house.
This impressive building, now earning its living as a hotel, is in wonderful condition, by far the most perfect of its kind in the country.
It has walls almosts eleven feet thick with towers sixty-six feet high in each corner, in a 'H' design.
The castle hotel is well signposted, situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in lovely grounds just off the main road.