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Willimontswick Gatehouse and Adjacent Ranges, Bardon Mill

Description: Willimontswick Gatehouse and Adjacent Ranges

Grade: I
Date Listed: 24 November 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 239276

OS Grid Reference: NY7706463645
OS Grid Coordinates: 377064, 563645
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9669, -2.3598

Location: Bardon Mill, Northumberland NE47 7DB

Locality: Bardon Mill
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE47 7DB

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There is also a scheduled monument, Willimontswyke (uninhabited portions), at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text


8/25 Willimontswick gatehouse and
24/11/67 adjacent ranges (formerly
listed as Willimontswyke)

Gatehouse with adjacent ranges, C16, altered. Coursed rubble, stone dressings,
slate roofs on adjacent buildings. Rectangular gatehouse at north-east corner of
rectangular fortified enclosure, 2-storey east range adjoins south end of gatehouse
and single-storey north range runs to west. Front of gatehouse: segmental-headed
arch into passage with segmental tunnel vault, scattered fenestration including
square-headed opening, with elaborate moulded surround, and 2 2-light mullioned
windows with hoodmoulds. Oversailing parapet on 3 rounded stepped courses. Rear
elevation similar, with small rectangular lights and one 2-light window over
entrance passage, parapet with 2 projecting spouts. Interior has 2 square-headed
doorways on right side of passage, the second into newel stair in internal circular
turret. Various doorway openings and fireplaces. Altered east range has several
C16 or C17 window openings with chamfered surrounds towards courtyard and one 1st
floor door with chamfered segmental-pointed head. Roof has old principal rafter
trusses with collars. North range, now byres, C18 incorporating earlier masonry
towards the west end of the north wall. Segmental-headed arches to courtyard,
blocked ventilation slits in rear elevation, principal-rafter roof trusses with

Willimontswick was a fortified manor house rather than a true castle. It is of
some note historically as the seat of the Ridley family and birthplace of Bishop
Ridley (d.1555).

C. Bates, 'The Border Holds of Northumberland' 1891 383-90

Listing NGR: NY7707063637

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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