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Whorlton Castle Gatehouse, Whorlton

Description: Whorlton Castle Gatehouse

Grade: I
Date Listed: 23 June 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 333224

OS Grid Reference: NZ4812202469
OS Grid Coordinates: 448122, 502469
Latitude/Longitude: 54.4154, -1.2600

Location: Castle Bank, Whorlton, North Yorkshire DL6 3EA

Locality: Whorlton
Local Authority: Hambleton District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: DL6 3EA

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Listing Text

9/165 Whorlton Castle
23/6/66 Gatehouse
Gatehouse of motte-and-bailey castle of which no other building
survives but some vaulted undercrofts (q.v.). Late C14, altered in
C16. Sandstone ashlar on high chamfered plinth; roofless and
floorless. Rectangular plan shows central through-passage,with
springing of a high vault remaining, and one large room at either
side on each floor, surrounded by small mural chambers.
3 storeys, 3 wide bays. Segment-arched entrance in 2 planes, the
outer curved, the inner chamfered. Modern wood lattice filling
with wicket door. 3 shields in cusped panels above. Flanking
first-floor cross windows in chamfered reveals and similar top-
floor windows. Scattered slits and small single lights. Second-
floor drip bands. Plainer rear elevations with 2 blocked doorways
and scattered slits. One cross window at top right and a 2-light
window (lost mullion) at top left. Drawbar tunnel in doorway and
later pintles. Round-arched door to projecting staircase tower on
left, which holds newel stair broken at the top.
Interior: Caernarvon arches to several mural chambers, some of
them garderobes, represent the original building period, as do the
wide splays and segmental rere-arches of the smaller windows.
Later, larger doorways and windows have Tudor rere-arches. Wall-
passages missing in places, but first-floor and ground-floor
fireplaces and chimneys remain. Ribs of the central vault have a
single hollow chamfer, probably also original.
Signs of later buildings, now gone, both inside and out.
Scheduled Ancient Monument County No 115.

Listing NGR: NZ4811702472

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Source: English Heritage

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