Belsay Hall

Coordinates: 55°05′59″N 1°51′52″W / 55.0997°N 1.8645°W / 55.0997; -1.8645

Belsay Hall is a 19th century country mansion located at Belsay, Northumberland. It is a Grade I listed building.


The house was built between 1810 and 1817 for Sir Charles Monck (then of Belsay Castle close by) to a design by architect John Dobson. It is built in ashlar with a Lakeland slate roof in the Greek Doric style.

The house measures 100 feet (30 m) square with a lower kitchen wing attached to the north side. The rooms on three sides of the house are two storeys, although the range bordering the kitchen wing has three storeys, allowing for more rooms to house servants, nurseries, etc.

This service side of the house was badly affected by dry rot in the 1970s and, following remedial work, it has been left as a weather-proof shell to illustrate how the house was built. The hall was the residence of the Middleton family until 1962.

Present day

The entire Belsay Hall house is unfurnished and maintained in a condition of benign decay, with only necessary structural maintenance undertaken. This allows it to be used as a setting for bespoke art installations each summer.

Belsay Hall is administered by English Heritage and is open to the public. There are extensive gardens, formal and naturalistic, such as the Quarry Garden.

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