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posted 02-18-2002 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Trukr   Click Here to Email Trukr     Edit/Delete Message
I am trying to help a friend here in the United States find a castle that was to be handed down to him. It is in Houghton Le Spring. any ideas would be sincerely appreciated

posted 02-20-2002 02:38 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Hi Trukr
Houghton le Spring is south-west of Sunderland on the A690 road to Durham.
The rectory had a tower built without licence in 1483, a pardon was granted by Bishop Dudley. The tower has now vanished, site unknown.

The castle location website

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posted 02-20-2002 05:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
A little about Houghton le Spring history can be found towards the bottom of the page at

Unfortunately it doesn't mention the tower or castle.

Pictures of various buildings in the town can be found at

Again - no tower or castle, but it gives you an idea of the area.

[This message has been edited by AJR (edited 02-20-2002).]

posted 02-20-2002 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Trukr   Click Here to Email Trukr     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you both very much, I'll have to check this out a little more; it is or was supposed to be called Houghton Castle, owned by his grandmother , but, I'll keep tryin Thank's

posted 02-20-2002 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
There is a 'Haughton' near Humshaugh in Northumberland ?
This is a mixture of tower-house & 19th Cen tury mansion.

posted 02-20-2002 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Trukr   Click Here to Email Trukr     Edit/Delete Message
thanks again for the replies: I have a letter in front of me stating that in 1936 Ginavive Houghton was asked to sign off her rights to the castle, she refused, her brother did. At the time she lived in the US. The family names I see are Dodgers,Houghton,Schubert,and possabley Anderson, the name of the place was Houghton Castle, I have another old letter saying to contact The Town Clerk, Houghton Le Spring, Durham, Im trying to find a website. any other sudgestions will sincerely be appreciated

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