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Alnwick Abbey Gatehouse, Denwick

Description: Alnwick Abbey Gatehouse

Grade: I
Date Listed: 31 December 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 236393

OS Grid Reference: NU1786114075
OS Grid Coordinates: 417861, 614075
Latitude/Longitude: 55.4203, -1.7194

Locality: Denwick
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE66 3HZ

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There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Alnwick Abbey, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.

Listing Text

NU 11 SE
10/57 Alnwick Abbey
31.12.69 Gatehouse (formerly
listed as part of
Alnwick Abbey)

Gatehouse of Premonstratensian Abbey. Late C14, with some minor late C18/C19
alterations and restoration. Ashlar; Lakeland slate roof. Rectangular 2-
storey block with projecting taller angle turrets. Perpendicular style.

North (formerly external) front: Gothick panelled double doors under moulded
segmental arch, with small recesses to each side and 2 niches above, the lower
with worn statue. Machicolated parapet with shields and moulded crenellations.
Flanking turrets, corbelled out at different levels, have small loops, some
with trefoiled ogee heads. Single storey block on right, probably post-medieval,
with 2 small loops.

South front shows similar arch with 2-light transomed window above. Flat-
pointed doorways in turrets, that to right blocked; left turret has 2-light
transomed window with cusped heads to lights and metal lattice casements.

East side has deeply-recessed centre with blocked 4-centred arch under canopied
niche, with transomed and traceried 2-light windows above and in turret to
right; carved hoodmould stops and heraldry on turrets and machicolated parapet.
West side shows small loops and corbelled-out garderobe below parapet.

Interior: Segmental barrel vault over gate passage. Straight mural stair to
1st floor in west wall, and full-height newel stair in south-east turret.
4-centred arched doorways to stairs and turret chambers.

Historical Notes. Abbey founded in 1147 by Eustace Fitz-John; famous for its
relics, the foot of Simon de Montfort and the chalice of St. Thomas of
Canterbury. The main buildings lay south of the gatehouse; after excavation
in 1884 the plan was marked out but is now only traceable with difficulty.

W.H. St. John Hope, article in Archaeol.J. XLIV (1887) 337-46.

Listing NGR: NU1786214072

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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