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Etal Castle Gate Tower, South Curtain Wall and South West Tower, Ford

Description: Etal Castle Gate Tower, South Curtain Wall and South West Tower

Grade: I
Date Listed: 21 September 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 238049

OS Grid Reference: NT9255639314
OS Grid Coordinates: 392556, 639314
Latitude/Longitude: 55.6473, -2.1198

Location: Ford, Northumberland TD12 4TW

Locality: Ford
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: TD12 4TW

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Listing Text

NT 9239
16/82 Etal Castle:
Gate-tower, south
21.9.51 curtain wall and
south-west tower

Gatehouse, curtain wall and angle tower. Licence to crenellate 1342 for the
Manners family. Squared stone.

Gatehouse in south-east corner of the castle. 2 storeys with 3-storey turrets
flanking the entrance. Triple-chamfered arch flanked by projecting turrets.
Portcullis groove. Above the arch a worn shield with coat of arms and a
2-light Decorated window. On left return a small lancet on ground floor and
2-light Decorated window above. On right return the turret flanking the arch
has a garderobe chute. The inner face of the gatehouse has a double-chamfered
arch with a large 4-light Decorated window above.

Interior: had a steeply-pitched tunnel vault with chamfered transverse ribs.
The springing remains. Tunnel-vaulted guard rooms left and right also with
chamfered ribs; that to left has a small fireplace with segmental lintel.
They have pointed-arched doorways with continuous chamfers. A mural stair
to 1st floor in north wall. Formerly a newel stair above. Windows have broad
segmental rere arches with chamfered transverse ribs. On the first floor a
large fireplace with segmental lintel, partly blocked.

South curtain wall, c.40 yards long. Stands mainly to the base of parapet
level. Rounded corbels project on inner face to support platform.

South-west tower, ground floor only. Small and square. Pointed-arched
doorway with continuous chamfer. Interior has plain pointed tunnel Vault.

Northumberland County History: Vol. XI. AM 70.

Listing NGR: NT9255139320

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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