Barnwell Castle, Barnwell - East Northamptonshire

The ruins of a fortified residence dating to the mid C13, built on a quadrangular plan with corner towers and a gatehouse entrance. Despite the demolition of its internal buildings in the late C17, Barnwell Castle survives in a remarkably complete form. In recent years vegetation growth and deterioration of the local limestone, especially where wall cores are exposed, has led to fabric loss and vulnerability to localised collapse. The owner is implementing a phased programme of vegetation management and repairs, drawing on Historic England advice.

Barnwell Castle, Barnwell - East Northamptonshire
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Barnwell Castle
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade I
  • List Entry Number: 1294426
  • Local Planning Authority: East Northamptonshire
  • Site Type: Defence > Castle


  • Building Name: Barnwell Castle
  • County: Northamptonshire
  • District / Borough: East Northamptonshire
  • Parish: Barnwell
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Corby
  • Region: East Midlands

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Listed Building grade I, RPG grade II, SM, CA

Contact Details

Ben Robinson 01480 412107

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England