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Latitude: 54.9693 / 54°58'9"N
Longitude: -1.6105 / 1°36'37"W
OS Eastings: 425034
OS Northings: 563922
OS Grid: NZ250639
Mapcode National: GBR SPP.Z0
Mapcode Global: WHC3R.7CC9
Entry Name: Heron Pit Prison, Drawbridge Pit and Other Under-Buildings in Barbican
Listing Date: 14 June 1954
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1024937
English Heritage Legacy ID: 304448
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1
County: Newcastle upon Tyne
Metropolitan District Ward: Westgate
Traditional County: Northumberland
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear
Church of England Parish: St Nicholas Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Church of England Diocese: Newcastle
NZ 2563 NW NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE CASTLE GARTH
24/143 Heron Pit prison, draw-
14/6/54 bridge pit and other
Barbican, prison and pits. Mid C13 and C17. Coursed squared sandstone; ashlar-
lined prison pit. Heron pit: deep, square; no openings. Shouldered arch at
right in wall to north leading to ditch. Garde-robe above pit has chamfered round-
headed door. Drawbridge pit: remodelled when Black Gate built. Civil war pit:
C17 defence. Sources: M. Ellison, M. Finch and B. Harbottle 'The Excavation of
a C17 Pit at the Black Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1975' Post-Medieval Archaeology
v.13 (1979) pp. 153-181. B. Harbottle 'The Castle of Newcastle upon Tyne'
Chateau-Gaillard IX-X, 1982, pp. 407-418; M. Ellison and B. Harbottle 'The
Excavation of a Cl7th-Century Bastion in the Castle of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1976-
81' Archaeologia Aeliana 5 XI pp. 135-264. (1983). A scheduled ancient monument.
Listing NGR: NZ2503463922
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