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Bowes Castle, Bowes

Description: Bowes Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 17 June 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 111195

OS Grid Reference: NY9923413504
OS Grid Coordinates: 399234, 513504
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5168, -2.0133

Location: Back Lane, Bowes, Durham DL12 9LG

Locality: Bowes
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DL12 9LG

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This building is also a scheduled monument.

Listing Text

NY 9913
(South side, off)
33/33 Bowes Castle
Keep with foundations of forebuilding to east. Circa 1171-87 by Richard the
engineer for King Henry II. Sandstone rubble core faced with ashlar and
incorporating some Roman masonry. Square plan.

2 storeys standing and ruinous third storey. Double-chamfered plinth. Each
face has projecting corners and a broad flat central buttress with set-back
wall panels between. Fragmentary roll-moulded band above first floor.

East front: remains of forebuilding with triple-chamfered plinth to north;
first-floor round-arched north doorway has set-back voussoirs and is flanked by
small round-arched openings. South-east corner has slits and contains partly-
reconstructed spiral stair.

South front: first-floor round-arched hall window of 2 orders (inner order
chamfered)to east; several round-headed loops to west.

Badly-damaged west front: exposed mural passages and a first-floor garderobe
chute to south; projecting section at foot of chute has 2 round-arched openings;
fragmentary large windows to north.

North front: large round-headed first-floor window with set-back rounded jambs.

Interior: ground-floor has several springers for destroyed rib vaults; north-
east corner contained first-floor kitchen with fireplace and a simple flue
leading out through north wall.

Scheduled Ancient Monument.
(The Victoria History of the Counties of England, ed. William Page F.S.A,
A History of the County of York North Riding,1925.)

Listing NGR: NY9923413504

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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