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Hylton Castle, Sunderland

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Hylton Castle ( HIL-tən) is a stone castle in the North Hylton area of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England. Originally built from wood by the Hilton (later Hylton) family shortly after the Norman Conquest in 1066, it was later rebuilt in stone in the late 14th to early 15th century. The castle underwent major changes to its interior and exterior in the 18th century and it remained the principal seat of the Hylton family until the death of the last Baron in 1746. It was then Gothicised but neglected until 1812, when it was revitalised by a new owner. Standing empty again until the 1840s, it was briefly used as a school until it was purchased again in 1862. The site passed to a local coal company in the early 20th century and was taken over by the state in 1950.

One of the castle's main features is the range of heraldic devices found mainly on the west façade, which have been retained from the castle's original construction. They depict the coats of arms belonging to local gentry and peers of the late 14th to early 15th centuries and provide an approximate date of the castle's reconstruction from wood to stone.

Today, the castle is owned by English Heritage, a charity which manages the historical environment of England. The surrounding parkland is maintained by a community organisation. The castle and its chapel are protected as a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. In February, 2016, plans were announced to turn the castle into a community facility and visitor attraction, with the Heritage Lottery Fund awarding £2.9 million, and Sunderland Council £1.5 million, to provide classrooms, a cafe and rooms for exhibitions, meetings and events.
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  • They have made the castle a great attraction after putting a lot of money into restoring it to its former glory.  more »
  • This is a stunning building, great architecture and stonework. The building is currently closed for restoration but you can still appreciate the outside of the castle. There is ample car parking. The....  more »
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  • I've just been informed that Hylton castle gatehouse is going to get a major makeover ....is this good or should we leave it as it is ? We have been invited to give our opinions ...I for one think we should leave it as it is . Apparently there is plans to open a cafeteria on the grounds , I've lived on the north side 50 years and I can't imagine the castle being anything other than original . If it's not broken don't fix it . This is an English Heritage castle but it is not open to the public. The castle is sealed up as it were though there a nice grounds to go around.
  • This historic landmark looks wonderful now all lit up and converted. Well done to all involved
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