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Description: Ford Castle Portcullis Gate, Armoury Tower and Forecourt Walls to Ford Castle
Date Listed: 10 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 238056
OS Grid Reference: NT9445437462
OS Grid Coordinates: 394454, 637462
Latitude/Longitude: 55.6307, -2.0896
FORD FORD CASTLE
17/89 Portcullis Gate,
Armoury tower and
to Ford Castle
Forecourt walls with 2 towers and gateway with 2 attached rooms. 1791 by
Nisbet of Kelso for Sir John Hussey Deleval incorporating early, possibly
C16 or C17 masonry in the walls. Ashlar with Welsh slate roofs. Faces
Portcullis gate. Very tall pointed arch with alternate bands of vermiculate
rustication; the impost blocks and huge keystone have glacial rustication.
Set in the arch an imitation portcullis. The arch is set in a castellated
screen wall with similarly rusticated quoins, 2 arched niches with quatrefoils
above, modillion cornice and pierced quatrefoils in the parapet.
Castellated walls c.15 feet high left and right of gate. Set in the centre
of the wall to right a square interval tower with quatrefoils in the parapet.
Armoury tower in south-west corner has boarded door on ground floor with
cambered lintel. Blocked Gothick windows above.
Rear, i.e. within the forecourt, left and right of gateway, small gate lodges.
One tall storey, one room only. 4-centred-arched doors with incised ogee
arch on lintel; apsidal north walls.
Interior of Armoury Tower has C19 hooded fireplace with embossed tiles of
Country Life: Vol. 89 (1941)
Listing NGR: NT9445437462
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