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Description: The Black Gate
Date Listed: 14 June 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 304446
OS Grid Reference: NZ2501363924
OS Grid Coordinates: 425013, 563924
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9693, -1.6108
NZ 2563 NW NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE CASTLE GARTH
24/141 The Black Gate
Gatehouse of castle; now museum and private library. Mid C13; early C17 alterat-
ions;restored 1883 for the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle. Coursed squared
sandstone with ashlar dressings; roof of pantiles. Oval plan lower part, upper
octagonal, with square front projection. 4 storeys and attic: 3 bays. Central
arch below 6-light Jacobean window with cusped niches either side; floors above
have windows of 4 and 3 lights, all square-headed, stone-mullioned and transomed,
with label moulds. Similar style 2-light windows in side bays; wood cross window
inserted at right in second floor. Slits above many-chamfered base courses.
Steeply-pitched hipped roof has central dormer; 2 end chimneys. Rear stone stair
with open landing on first floor and Jacobean-style wood balcony is part of C19
adaptation. Pointed barrel vault to passage through gate with side guard chambers,
which have ribbed vaults. Drawbridge slots to receive counterweights. Sources:
W.H. Knowles, 'The Castle, Newcastle upon Tyne' Archaeologia Aeliana 4th series
II pp. 40-48; R.B. Harbottle and M. Ellison, 'An Excavation in the Castle Ditch,
Newcastle upon Tyne, 1974-6.' Archaeologia Aeliana 5th series IX. A scheduled
Listing NGR: NZ2501363924
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