Border Castles and Towers

Chipchase Castle 

Location: From Hexham take the A69 west and then the A6097 to the right. At Chollerton village (6 miles) turn left to Barrasford then to the Castle.

Map reference 87 882758

Associated with the story of the 'Long Pack.'

In the grounds are attractive gardens and lake. There is also an interesting nursery garden.
On the site is the Hall with an adjoining 14th century pele which provides a good example of what everyday life was like at that time.

The castle is open to the public during June.

Both Chipchase Castle, and the 18th century Lee Hall, near Bellingham, claim the story of ‘The Long Pack.’ 

The castle, or the hall, had been left in the charge of a maidservant, a man, and a young manservant.

They were visited late one night by a peddler who asked permission to leave his heavy pack there overnight while he found a night’s lodgings nearby. He would collect it in the morning.

Permission was given but when the man had gone, the girl's curiosity got the better of her and she approached the pack.  

To her horror she saw it move.

She called the young manservant, who fired an old military gun at the pack and blood oozed out of the bullet holes.

Meanwhile, the robber’s confederates, confident of success, approached the castle but they were greeted with a volley of gunfire that killed four of the robbers.

Now, near the east end of Bellingham Church is an odd tombstone known as "The Long Pack” that is said to mark the grave of the robber.

Some say there is not a body beneath the stone.

The mystery lies buried in the grave.