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Ayton Castle, West Ayton

Description: Ayton Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 18 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 327062

OS Grid Reference: SE9876585091
OS Grid Coordinates: 498765, 485091
Latitude/Longitude: 54.2520, -0.4856

Location: 7 Castle Rise, North York Moors National Park YO13 9JY

Locality: West Ayton
Local Authority: Scarborough Borough Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: YO13 9JY

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There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Ayton Castle: Medieval Manorial Centre, Fortified House Including Tower and Fishponds, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.

Explore more of the area around West Ayton, North Yorkshire at Explore Britain.

Listing Text

the entry for

SE 9885
7/37 (north side, off)
Ayton Castle
Shall be amended to

7/37 northside, off)
18.1.67 Ayton Castle


SE 9885 (north side, off)
7/37 Ayton Castle
- I

Pele tower, ruinated. Late C14. Sandstone ashlar. Rectangular, 2-cell
plan 21 metres by 13.5 metres. Originally 3 storeys, on a chamfered
plinth, each storey off-set with a chamfered string course. Pointed doorway
flanked by square-headed window openings with chamfered quoined surrounds.
Upper machicolation survives to east corner only. Interior: both ground
floor rooms have depressed pointed tunnel vaults supported on chamfered
transverse ribs. The surviving windows are deeply splayed. Staircases rise
within the walls, to the left of the entrance, and from the inner room.
Very rare building type in this part of Northern England. Scheduled Ancient
Monument, No 144. The Victoria County History of the Counties of England:
Yorkshire, North Riding, Vol II, p 441. F Rimington and J Rutter "Ayton
Castle, its History and Excavation", Scarborough Archaeological Society
Research Report Number 5, 1967.

Listing NGR: SE9876585091

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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