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Description: The Gatehouse
Date Listed: 6 May 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 110125
OS Grid Reference: NZ2740742017
OS Grid Coordinates: 427407, 542017
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7723, -1.5755
DURHAM AND FRAMWELLGATE THE COLLEGE
NZ 2741 NW (East side)
14/77 The Gatehouse
6.5.52 (formerly listed as
The Priory Gateway)
Gatehouse; incorporating St. Helen's Chapel, now muniment room. Circa 1500 for
Prior Castell (1494-1519); restored c.1860. Coursed squared sandstone with
chamfered ashlar plinth and ashlar dressings. Arched gateway with lodge on north
and chapel above. 2 storeys, 1 bay. Double-chamfered 2-centred arch under
renewed dripmould; eroded niches above flank renewed 3-light Perpendicular window
under dripmould. Low-pitched coped gable parapet on string course.
Interior: 2 quadripartite ribbed vaults with tiercerons have carved bosses, that
on east with the arms of the See of Durham carried by an angel, that on west with
Prior Castell's badge; blind wall arcades, with square-headed door and 2-light
window, to lodge on north; between the vaults a Tudor-arched vehicle entrance and
north pedestrian arches with ledged boarded gates.
Interior of building has wavy-rail closed-string stair with ramped handrail, now
blocked at foot; access on first-floor level from adjacent building. Stone newel
stair at west end leads to former chapel, which has original low-pitched wood
roof with large beams.
Listing NGR: NZ2740942017
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Source: English Heritage
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