Collection Highlights

The Belsay estate has been in the Middleton family for over 700 years. Belsay’s collection, however, does not include many items from the first 600 years of their occupation, when they lived in the Castle. A lot of material was either transferred to the newly-built Hall when the family moved in 1817, or was not kept.

The collection we do have consists mainly of architectural material removed from the Hall in 1980 due to dry and wet rot. It is an eclectic mix that ranges from skirting boards to architraves and from wallpaper to toilets, as well as a few personal items. They give us a unique insight into the history of the estate and the family’s life there.

Explore a selection of highlight objects below. These objects are currently not on display to the public.

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  • Plan Your Visit

    Prepare to be enchanted by Belsay’s Grecian architecture, medieval castle, and 30 acres of outstanding gardens.

  • History of Belsay

    Read the history of the Belsay estate from its medieval castle to its 19th-century hall.

  • Wallpapers at Belsay

    Learn about the different layers of history at Belsay Hall revealed through the decorative wallpapers that once formed the backdrop to the occupied spaces. 

  • Monck’s Grand Tour Diaries

    We delve into Charles Monck’s travel diaries to learn how his Grand Tour influenced the design of Belsay Estate.