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Ravensworth Castle, County Durham

A view in ink of the entrance front of Ravensworth Castle, in the parish of Chester-le-Street in Durham. One of the North East’s lesser-known fortresses, it is sometimes confused with another Ravensworth Castle in North Yorkshire. Grimm gives us a view into the courtyard showing the Georgian house that replaced the original hall range. One of two surviving medieval towers is glimpsed on the right.

The Georgian building was itself replaced in the early 19th century by a great baronial mansion, which in turn was demolished in the 1950s. This once grand medieval building has now fallen into disrepair. The site is now an overgrown ruin, but the two medieval towers survive, retaining many of their complex and interesting features.

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