Harbottle Castle

This website is dedicated to all Friends of Harbottle Castle

Welcome to Friends of Harbottle Castle

This website is part of Phase II of the ‘Lords of Redesdale Project’ and is dedicated to all Friends of Harbottle Castle, past and present, particularly to the memory of the late Beryl Charlton.

Beginning with our 1st phase from 2016 we have been engaged in bringing the history of the castle more into the limelight, in providing our scale model of the fortress, our living history, education and community engagement programme. This website together with our model, the new history of the castle, (to be published by Partizan Press in 2022), and the legacy of future projects, including, as we hope, community archaeology.


This website guide to Harbottle Castle in Coquetdale could not have been constructed without the generous aid and support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (“HLF”) and the Northumberland National Park Authority (“NNPA”). Further thanks are due to Chris Jones and colleagues at NNPA for their generous and informed assistance in providing core archival resources. I must also acknowledge the assistance given by Newcastle upon Tyne City Library, the Lit and Phil Library and the Library of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Durham Palatine Archives, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland Archives. I must acknowledge the debt I owe to those who’ve written previously on the history of Harbottle castle, particularly Peter Ryder and James Crow. Thanks, are also due to John Ferguson once again for the Flodden material, Marjorie and John Common (Senior), John (Junior), Richard, George & April Common and family, to Aidan Pratt, Dave Grey, Pauline O’Kane, Sarah & Mike Hodgson, Mike Jones, Sue Braine, Anne Jones, Susan Rogerson, Ann Hennessey, Peter & Sue Joyner, Beryl Charlton, as ever, to my creative collaborator Bev Palin. Any errors or omissions are entirely my own.


Wherever possible I have attempted to identify owners of copyright material, if any omissions come to light then I should be pleased to hear from anyone concerned and will undertake to make the necessary changes/additions.  

John Sadler, Northumberland, Spring 2022

Friends of
Harbottle Castle

John Sadler BA (Hons)
M.Phil, FRHistS, FSA (Scotl.),
Volunteer coordinator

T: 01661 881654

Mob. 07722 453875


The Old Schoolhouse,
Whalton Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE20 0EU