Bywell, whilst having very little remaining buildings, is in fact steeped with history. Bywell was once an important hub and a major town, which fell into decline following the arrival of the railway in nearby Stocksfield.
Today, Bywell Castle (now a private residence), Bywell Hall, two churches and a handful of houses remains. The vast majority of these remain part of the wider Allendale Estate, with the Castle, Hall, and churches being the focus of this article.
Now attached to a private residence, Bywell Castle remains standing, and is grade 1 listed. Despite its appearance, the castle is not a ruin, and was in fact never completed.
Still a private residence, Bywell Hall is grade 2* listed.
Although cancelled in 2020, guided tours do take place of Bywell Hall, allowing members of the public are rare chance to visit the building, which is normally a private residence.
Despite its size, Bywell still has two churches, St Andrews and St Peters. I have yet to establish the true reason for there being two churches, but multiple theories do exist.
St Andrews is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. This is the older of the two churches, and it is open to the public.