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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1159471



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: County Durham

District Type: Unitary Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 06-May-1952

Date of most recent amendment: 10-Mar-1988

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 110125

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14/77 The Gatehouse 6.5.52 (formerly listed as The Priory Gateway)

GV I Gatehouse; incorporating St. Helen's Chapel, now muniment room. Circa 1500 for Prior Castell (1494-1519); restored c.1860. Coursed squared sandstone with chamfered ashlar plinth and ashlar dressings. Arched gateway with lodge on north and chapel above. 2 storeys, 1 bay. Double-chamfered 2-centred arch under renewed dripmould; eroded niches above flank renewed 3-light Perpendicular window under dripmould. Low-pitched coped gable parapet on string course.

Interior: 2 quadripartite ribbed vaults with tiercerons have carved bosses, that on east with the arms of the See of Durham carried by an angel, that on west with Prior Castell's badge; blind wall arcades, with square-headed door and 2-light window, to lodge on north; between the vaults a Tudor-arched vehicle entrance and north pedestrian arches with ledged boarded gates.

Interior of building has wavy-rail closed-string stair with ramped handrail, now blocked at foot; access on first-floor level from adjacent building. Stone newel stair at west end leads to former chapel, which has original low-pitched wood roof with large beams.

Listing NGR: NZ2740942017

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National Grid Reference: NZ 27407 42017


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