Hylton Castle April 2014

11th April 2014

Beaumont Brown Architects has been chosen by Sunderland City Council to lead a multidisciplinary team to carry out the repair and redevelopment of Hylton Castle, north of Sunderland.

The castle is a magnificent and rare survivor of a fortified medieval gatehouse which once formed part of a range of castle buildings. Sir William Hylton built his house in the late C14th to impress. It was the symbol of his wealth and power in the region.  It remained within the family until the C19th after which its fortunes were mixed. The house was remodelled internally, windows were changed and wings added and then removed. But undefeated, the building’s historic origins are still very present. And whilst it’s lost its floors and roof, it has not lost its power to fire the imagination.

We've been asked by the Council along with English Heritage to adapt the building for its local and wider community into a heritage lead learning centre. This is a fantastic opportunity not only to rescue and protect a Grade I building but also to make it a part again of the communities it serves.

Further information on its history and opportunity to visit are on English Heritage’s website - https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/hylton-castle/history-and-research/

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