The Hermitage, Southgate, Pontefract - Wakefield

The Hermitage consists of two below ground chambers hewn out of sandstone. The deeper chamber dates from 1386 and consists of a short corridor which leads to a spiral stair which descends to a well. The second chamber, known as the Oratory, is later and consists of a spiral stair which leads to a cell with altar and fireplace. At risk due to flooding. Following completion of a Hydrological Survey a solution to flooding has been identified and negotiations with the owner are progressing.

The Hermitage, Southgate, Pontefract - Wakefield
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: THE HERMITAGE
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade I
  • List Entry Number: 1135427
  • Local Planning Authority: Wakefield
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Garden building


  • Building Name: The Hermitage
  • Street Name: Southgate
  • Locality: Pontefract
  • County: West Yorkshire
  • District / Borough: Wakefield
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford
  • Region: Yorkshire

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: F - Repair scheme in progress and (where applicable) end use or user identified; or functionally redundant buildings with new use agreed but not yet implemented.
  • Previous Priority: F
  • Ownership: Health authority