Originally a manor house, it was owned by the Manners family as early as 1170.

After Robert Manners received a licence to crenellate c.1341,he proceeded to build a rectangular stone tower and generally fortify the rest of the property, turning it into a castle as defence against Scottish raiders.

Robert was also well known as a respected doctor.

In 1513 an army of some 30,000 Scots led by James IV invaded England and took the castle but the invaders were then defeated at the battle of Flodden. By that time the castle had already been abandoned as a residence and soon fell into decay.

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