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Langley goes 'Green'
Langley Castle has shown their commitment to sustainability and green issues and has joined the Green 'Tourism Business Scheme'. To read more click here
Langley Castle recently won Gold
Langley Castle recently won Gold in the North East Tourism Awards, followed by Silver in the National "Enjoy England for Excellence Awards”.
Dr. Madnick (owner) commented: “Langley Castle has been our ‘labour of love.’ We have tried to continue the work of Cadwallader Bates to restore Langley to all its past glory. Now by reuniting it with the Barony, the restoration is truly complete.”
Langley has also been nominated for England’s leading Castle Hotel in the World Travel Awards 2007
Langley Castle and Barony of Langley Reunited after 125 years
After 125 years of separation Langley Castle and the Barony of Langley have finally been reunited. It has just been announced that Dr. Stuart Madnick - now the Baron of Langley - had acquired the title from the Crown.
The Barony of Langley stretches back to 1165, more than 800 years ago, when it was held by Adam of Tindale. The title has been linked to famous English rulers and knights of the past. Langley Castle, the Barony’s ancient seat in Northumberland, was constructed around 1350, during the reign of Edward III. In the 14th Century the Barony passed to the 2nd Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy, father of Hotspur, before being sold to Henry VIII. Eventually it was purchased by the Radcliffe family around 1641.
Both the Barony and the Castle were seized by the Crown from James Radcliffe, 2nd Earl of Derwentwater, upon his execution at the Tower of London in 1716 because of his support of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715. King George I assigned these and other properties to the governors of Greenwich Hospital, a Crown charity.
In 1882, Cadwallader Bates, a local historian and Sheriff of Northumberland, purchased Langley Castle - but not the Barony - from the Crown. Thus, they were separated for the first time in more than 500 years. Cadwallader devoted much of his life up to his death in 1902 to the restoration of the Castle.
Dr. Stuart Madnick, a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA and high-tech consultant, had purchased Langley Castle in 1985. Working with his wife, Yvonne, they established it as one of the foremost hotels in England.