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SEATON DELEVAL (Northumberland) - Starlight Castle

Information

A four room castle built in a day as the result of wager between Sir Francis Deleval and the actor Samuel Forte. The wager was that Sir Francis could not build a home for his lady friend in the space of one day.  It was built in 1750. There are two conflicting stories about it’s construction. One that it was started under the light of the stars and finished in daylight, the other that it was completed working by starlight. It survived relatively intact until it was partly demolished in the 1900s to avoid having to pay tax on it.

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Location

On a bank at the side of the river west of Seaton Sluice.