Castle In Morpeth, Northumberland
An 18th century folly built by Sir Walter Blackett, in Rothley,
Unlike Madonna or Prince who just have a single name, Codgers Fort has no less than three names and also is known by Cadgers Fort or Rothley Fort.
It was constructed by Sir Walter Blackett on his Wallington estate with the intention most likely been to defend his lands during the Jacobite rebellion in 1745. Although it may have been a simply folly as some evidence indicates it wasn't built until 1769.
Built on top of a rocky crag it's still a prominent feature today where it silently watches over the traffic on the B6342 in Rothley near Scots Gap.
Loaned from the Woolwich arsenal, the fort had six cannons, flanked by two wing walls with sixteen musket slits, in addition to sentry towers, with unusual pyramid shaped roofs.
I have passed this fort so many times while out cycling, so finally nice to be able to see some amazing photos and video of it.
It's in a beautiful location just across the road from the spectacular Rothley Castle (walk here from the same car park), but it is on private land, so just admire it from the road.
Thanks to Phil Page for providing these amazing photos from the road.
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From the layby walk to the crossroads, turn right and then walk a few hundred meters. You will see the fort on the right. Be careful as this is a fast road. This is on PRIVATE land so just admire from the road.
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Park in the layby at the side of the road.
Contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.
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