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Torksey Castle, Torksey

Description: Torksey Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 16 December 1964
English Heritage Building ID: 197040

OS Grid Reference: SK8361478781
OS Grid Coordinates: 483614, 378781
Latitude/Longitude: 53.2994, -0.7468

Location: Main Street, Torksey, Lincolnshire LN1 2YZ

Locality: Torksey
Local Authority: West Lindsey District Council
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England
Postcode: LN1 2YZ

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This building is also a scheduled monument.

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Listing Text


2/78 Torksey Castle

16-12-64 I

Country house, now a ruin. The west facade and part of the rear
wall only survive. 1560. Coursed lias and limestone rubble, red
brick in English bond, all with ashlar dressings and some diaper
work in blue brick headers. 3 storey 7 bay front, arranged with
4 single projecting facetted bays which rise full height and were
taller than the 3 intervening bays which were topped by crow
stepped gables, only the left hand one of which survives.
Plinth, moulded first floor string course and bands to towers.
The lowest storey is in stone and has an irregular pattern of
fenestration comprising single, 2, and 3 light windows. The
central bay is missing at ground level and the upper work is
supported on a later brick pier. Above the central bay to either
side are 2 corbelled out chimney backs with mouldedstone
corbels, between these is set a 3 light window. To the left are
2 similar windows, one contained in a projecting tower. The
furthermost projecting tower has a 4 light window flanked by
single similar windows on the facets. To the right the first
tower has single openings with hood moulds, the second tower has
2 light windows with hood moulds to front face and facets;
between the towers is a further 3 light window. To the second
floor two 2 light windows survive in 2 of the gables,and 2 light
and single openings to 3 of the towers. All windows are stone
cross mullioned except the 2 in the gables. The inside wall
shows 2 original fireplaces, one with a 4 centred moulded arched
surround with sunk spandrels. The other with flat lintels and
moulded ashlar surround having a slightly projecting ledge. In
the tower, to the left of the central bay are the sockets for a
turning stair which emerged at first floor level through a 4
centred arched doorway. To the rear at ground floor level is a
broad 4 centred arched kitchen fireplace. At first floor is a 4
centred arched fireplace with moulded surround terminating in
Tudor rose stops with foliated spandrels. The house was built by
Sir Robert Jermyn and slighted during the Civil War. A drawing
by Nattes of 1793 in the Banks collection shows the west facade
in its ruinous condition. Also scheduled as an Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: SK8361478781

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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