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Starlight Castle, Holywell Dene


Starlight Castle was a folly in Holywell Dene, near Seaton Sluice built in 1750. It was built by Sir Francis Blake Delaval, reputedly it was constructed within 24 hours as a bet! The ruins remain visible in the Dene.

Extract from: JOHN ROBINSON (1894), ILLUSTRATED HANDBOOK TO THE RIVERS Tyne ,Blyth,& Wansbeck; ALSO A GUIDE TO TYNEMOUTH, CULLERCOATS, WHITLEY, MONKSEATON, ST. MARY'S ISLE, HARTLEY, SEATON DELAVAL, BLYTH, NEWBIGGIN, WITH THE LEGENDS AND TRADITIONS OF THE COAST; AND A Glance Guide to Newcastle.

STARLIGHT CASTLE

This ruined picturesque building, nestling on a delightful bend of the slope as you go up the burn, has a romantic tradition associated with it. One of the numerous legends of the district is that Sir Francis Blake Delaval had numerous female dependants living in private houses on his estate. The last addition to the army of pensioners brought North to be near the residence of her patron, had just arrived, when it was discovered there was no suitable accommodation for her. When relating his disappointment to one of his visitors, the idea struck him that he would build a small castle for her; his friend laughed at his enthusiasm and said the residence was wanted at once, but castles could not be built in a day. " Oh yes," said Sir Francis, " I'll wager you a hundred guineas that I will build one in a day, before the month is out." The wager was accepted, and Sir Francis gave orders for material to be prepared for the building of a castle according to plans he had prepared; and when everything was ready, the workmen had to put the material together within twenty four hours. The result was that Sir Francis won his wager, and Sterling Castle became the wonder and delight of all visitors to the entertainments of the gay Sir Francis.

Seaton Lodge < Robinson, 1894 > Holywell Dean

Holywell Dene
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JOHN ROBINSON (1894), ILLUSTRATED HANDBOOK TO THE RIVERS Tyne , Blyth, & Wansbeck etc.
- JOHN ROBINSON (1894), ILLUSTRATED HANDBOOK TO THE RIVERS Tyne ,Blyth,& Wansbeck; ALSO A GUIDE TO TYNEMOUTH, CULLERCOATS, WHITLEY, MONKSEATON, ST. MARY'S ISLE, HARTLEY, SEATON DELAVAL, BLYTH, NEWBIGGIN, WITH THE ...

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Starlight Castle
- "...Deep in the heart of Holywell Dene, not far from Delaval Hall, and situated on the hillside north of Seaton Burn, lies the remnant of what must be one of ...

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Seaton Sluice - Starlight Castle, Photo c. 1900
- Photo c.1900 "Built as a folly by Sir Francis Blake Delaval and lived in till around 1828. Gothic influences are clear."

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Keys to the Past HER: N12182
Grid ref: NZ31877444

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