Chirton Hall

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Chirton House.

Chirton Hall or Chirton House , sometimes also Churton and originally spelled Cheuton , was a country house in what is now the western suburb of North Shields in the English county of Tyne and Wear . Originally this area was part of traditional Northumberland county .


In 1672 Ralph Read sold his Chirton lands to John Clarke († 1675), an agent of Joceline Percy, 11th Earl of Northumberland . The Countess of Northumberland provided Clarke with building materials from the abandoned Warkworth Castle to build the house. The manpower to build the large, simple brick house came from the Percy's estate. The text of Clark's letter of 1672 read:

William Milbourne, -Being to take downe the materialls of Warkworth Castle, which are given to me by the Countess of Northumberland to build a house at Cheuton, I doe desire you to speak to all hir ladishipps tenants in Warkworth, Birlinge, Buston, Acklington , Shilbottle, Lesbury. Longhaughto, and Bilton, that, they will assist me with their draughts as soone as conveniently they can, to remove the lead and tymber which shall be taken downe, and such materialls as shall be fitt to be removed, and bring it to Cheuton, which will be an obligation to theire and your friend, JO. CLARKE. ( Eng .: William Milbourne, -I'm just bringing the building materials from Workworth Castle, which the Countess of Northumberland gave me to build the house in Cheuten, to the building site and ask you, all tenants in Warkworth, Birling, Buston, Acklington, Shilbottle To inform Lesbury, Longhaughto and Bilton that they will assist me with their wagons as soon as they can to move lead sheets and wood to be broken off, as well as other materials that can be removed, and bring them to Cheuton bring what is an obligation to you and your friend, JO.CLARKE. )

Clarke spared many of the castle's walls because he felt it was more expensive to tear down than to get new bricks from the quarry. Clarke's widow Jane († 1694) married Philip Bickerstaffe (1985 MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed ) in 1675 and Chirton Hall became their family home. On August 1, 1699, Bickerstaffe gave up his fiefdom in Chirton in favor of Sir William Blackett , who sold the house to Archibald Campbell, 1st Duke of Argyll .

Robert Lawson , the High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1707, resided at Chirton Hall. At that time there were also adjacent plantings. The property belonged to the early 18th century Milburns and through marriage it fell to the Roddams and then to Collingwood . In 1767 the house belonged to James Hylton de Cardonnel Lawson . It became the property of Edward Collingwood (1734-1806), an agent of Greenwich Hospital , London and barrister who ordered the construction of Dissington Hall , which was then his cousin, Lord Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood (1748-1810), a well-known commander of the Royal Navy, belonged. After the death of Cuthbert Collingwood, the house fell to his brother, John Collingwood .

1828 included a West Chirton Hall a Michael Robson (1783-1837), a coal baron. The last documented owner was his daughter, Annie Robson , who married on August 23, 1843. In 1870, parts of the Chirton Hall estate were sold in numerous lots. In the mid-19th century, Chirton Hall fell into disrepair and no longer exists. In 1968 it was reported that little more than the foundations of the entrance gate were left.


In the 19th century it was said that the ghost of a former mistress of the Duke of Argyll who lived there haunted the country house. It was reported that one heard the rustle of her silk dress, hence the name of the ghost "Silky". The street on which the building stood was then called "Silkey's Lane".

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