In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ravensworth like this:
RAVENSWORTH, a township in Chester-le-Street parish, Durham; on the river Team, opposite Gateshead fell, 4 miles S W by S of Gateshead. Acres, 730. Real property, £1,061. Pop., 138. Houses, 28. The manor belonged to the Lumleys; passed, through the Gascoignes and others, to the Liddels; and gave them, in 1727, the title of Baron. R. Castle is Lord Ravensworth's seat; was rebuilt in 1808, after designs by Nash; retains twotowers of the previous edifice; is in a mixed style of Gothic and Tudor architecture; includes a hall 100 feetlong, 35 feet wide, and 50 feet high; and contains some Flemish tapestry, many fine old cabinets, and some good paintings. The shaft of an ancient cross is on the lawn, near the castle.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ravensworth, in Gateshead and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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