Ravensworth Castle March 2015

3rd March 2015

We have completed a comprehensive survey of Ravensworth Castle for Gateshead Council, in partnership with English Heritage. We created a multidisciplinary team for the architectural, structural, archaeological and ecological surveys, that determined the need for urgent and long term repairs. This led to advice on future interventions to the range of buildings that make up the site.

The site contains fourteen different structures, forming two distinct groups: the first is what remains of the Castle’s medieval towers, the  gateway and the kitchen; these are  Grade II* and Scheduled Monuments; the second group consists of the remains of the palatial Grade II* early C19th mansion, designed by John Nash, together with Nash’s later Grade II stable block.

The complex of buildings forms the core of the Ravensworth Conservation Area and is within a  locally listed park and garden, lying within greenbelt, with high landscape quality and nature conservation importance.

The land had been owned by the Liddell family since the early C17th. They were one of the wealthiest coal-owners in the region. The buildings fell into disrepair in the mid C20th leading to their partial demolition. The structures which remain, however, make a major contribution to the north east’s social and cultural heritage: this was acknowledged when plans to repair the buildings came close to winning the Restoration TV programme in 2003.

Our work has brought understanding of the site up to date. This enables the owners and clients to arrest the decline of these fine buildings and begin to develop proposals for the future.

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