Description: The Curtain
Date Listed: 21 May 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 323309
OS Grid Reference: NZ1834105168
OS Grid Coordinates: 418341, 505168
Latitude/Longitude: 54.4416, -1.7187
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GILLING WITH HARTFORTH HIGH STREET
NZ 1805-1905 AND SEDBURY (east side)
14/95 The Curtain
3 cottages, now 2 houses. Probably C14, with many later alterations.
Rubble sandstone, C20 pantile roof with stone slates at eaves. 2 storeys, 6
first-floor windows to south. Quoins. Ground floor, from left: scar of
blocked fire window; part of blocked round-arched doorway; C20 pent-roofed
porch with casement window; three C20 casement windows. First floor:
blocked chamfered fire window surround; five C20 casement windows. Coping
to right. 2 brick ridge stacks. Rear: head of C13 type window, with 2
pointed arches, and traces of a similar window. Right return: 2 blocked
pointed-arched windows; gable with reversed crowstepping. The name of the
building is thought to derive from the Latin cortem, meaning a yard or
enclosure, which gives the English legal term curtilage. The French word
cortaine, from the same root, implies a monastic enclosure. It has been
suggested that The Curtain, and the Angel Inn, to which it is attached, were
once a small monastic house, as early architectural fragments have been
noted when various alterations have been carried out in the past, and that
The Curtain was the chapel, with a south door and east window. In the C18
and early C19, The Curtain was used as a mail house when the Angel was an
important coaching inn and mailing station, and converted into 3 cottages
after the mail had transferred to the railways. Laybourn K, Historical
Notes on the Parish Church of Gilling West, North Yorkshire, (1979), pp 3-4.
Listing NGR: NZ1835205168
Source: English Heritage
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