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Belsay Estate, Quarry Garden

Introduction

The Quarry Garden is located west of the hall and leads to the castle ruins. The quarry was created because of the practical need for stone to build Belsay Hall, but it was excavated to a plan by Sir Charles Monck to create a dramatic canyon. It is enhanced by the planting of yews and pines along the top of the northern cliff and rhododendrons on the canyon floor. Sir Arthur Middleton extended the quarry west, planting an area with native species to convey how the quarry looked before the introduction of exotics.

Visitor Facilities

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Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

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Owners

Middleton

Swanstead, Belsay, Northumberland
Associated People
Features & Designations

Plant Environment

  • Quarry Garden
  • Environment

Style

Picturesque

Features

  • Arch
  • Description: An artificially created rock arch which leads into the quarry garden.
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  • Arch
  • Description: An artificially created archway of rusticated masonry with a heavy wooden door.
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Key Information

Type

Quarry Garden

Purpose

Ornamental Garden

Plant Environment

Quarry Garden

Survival

Extant

Hectares

1.4

Open to the public

Yes

Civil Parish

Belsay

References

References

Related Documents
  • CLS 1/370/5

    Belsay Estate Conservation Plan: Gazeteer - Digital copy

    Elizabeth Banks Associates - undated

  • CLS 1/370/2

    Landscape Restoration Masterplan - Digital copy

    Elizabeth Banks Associates - 1991

  • CLOS 1/1062

    Outline Management Plan - Digital copy

    The Landscape Agency, Dominic Cole Landscape Architects - 2012

  • CLS 1/370/3

    Survey, Landscape Assessment and Conservation Proposals - Digital copy

    Elizabeth Banks Associates - 1998

  • CLS 1/370/4

    Survey, Landscape Assessment and Conservation Proposals: Appendices - Digital copy

    Elizabeth Banks Associates - 1998

  • CLS 1/371

    Figures and Plates - Digital copy

    Elizabeth Banks Associates - 1998