Bywell Castle is a castle in the village of Bywell , 6.5 km east of Corbridge in the English county of Northumberland . English Heritage has listed it as a Grade I Historic Building and it is a Scheduled Monument .
It was built by the Neville family , the Earls of Westmorland , in 1430 , but it was never completed. The impressive, three-story gatehouse has been preserved to this day, together with part of the curtain wall, into which another gatehouse was built much later. The latter is called Castle House and is listed by English Heritage as a Grade II Historic Building.
Today the castle is privately owned and not open to the public.
A necklace was named after the castle, which collided with the Princess Alice on the Thames in September 1878 and sank her within minutes. The death toll is unknown, but the number is estimated to be between 590 and 640.
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