Whorlton Castle Gatehouse

30 Jul 2004
Whorlton Castle Gatehouse, Castle Bank, Whorlton, Hambleton, North Yorkshire
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

NZ 40 SE WHORLTON CASTLE BANK 9/165 Whorlton Castle 23/6/66 Gatehouse GV I 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


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0777 IOE Records taken by David H Garbutt; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr David H. Garbutt. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Garbutt, David H.

Rights Holder: Garbutt, David H.


Ashlar, Sandstone, Medieval Castle, Monument (By Form), Defence, Gatehouse, Unassigned, Building, Motte And Bailey