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Abbey Gatehouse

A Grade I Listed Building in Easby, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3976 / 54°23'51"N

Longitude: -1.7151 / 1°42'54"W

OS Eastings: 418597

OS Northings: 500277

OS Grid: NZ185002

Mapcode National: GBR JKGL.HB

Mapcode Global: WHC6D.MQJK

Entry Name: Abbey Gatehouse

Listing Date: 4 February 1969

Last Amended: 6 November 1986

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1131564

English Heritage Legacy ID: 322111

Location: Easby, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL10

County: North Yorkshire

District: Richmondshire

Civil Parish: Easby

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Easby with Brompton on Swale and Bolton on Swale

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

NZ 10 SE

4/45 Abbey Gatehouse
(formerly listed with
4.2.69 Easby Abbey Ruins)


Gatehouse to Premonstratensian Abbey of St Agatha. Early C14. Sandstone
rubble with ashlar dressings. 2 storeys, 3 internal bays. Outer gable end,
facing north-east: pilaster buttresses at sides, with splayed chamfered
plinths terminating in roll. Chamfered semicircular arch within double-
chamfered pointed arch under label with head stops, rising from triple
responds with Early English capitals with nailhead decoration. First-floor
sill band continuous around corner buttresses. First-floor 2-light pointed
window with Y tracery, with 2 side trefoils and a pointed quatrefoil at the
top. 2 water-chutes drain the inserted roof at first-floor level. In
gable, blocked 2-light window with flat stiff-leaf in the blind spandrel
above. Coped gable. Inner gable end, facing south-west: buttresses and
sill band as before; arched opening as before but without nailhead; first-
floor 2-light pointed window with quatrefoil in tracery, and label with head
stops. North-west side: pilaster buttresses at ends as before. Doorway
opening at inner (right) end. Rough stonework where external steps gave
access to first-floor chamber. South-east side: in addition to end
buttresses, 2 more in centre. Central blocked doorway, also one at inner
(left) end, quoined, with segmental-pointed head. Chamfered single-light
window in centre of first floor. Corbel table. Interior: cross wall
between outermost and central bays, with chamfered semicircular openings,
larger to carriageway, smaller to postern openings, with labels. 3 bays of
quadripartite vaulting which has chamfered ribs with masons' marks rising
from Early English corbels. Inner faces of capitals of responds of inner
and outer archways have leaf-stops with entwined stems, each of different
design. Chamfered segmental rear arches to inner and outer archways. In
central bay, blocked opposing doorways. In innermost bay, opposing
chamfered pointed doorways. Probably the best preserved monastic gatehouse
in Yorkshire. Scheduled as an Ancient Monument. A Hamilton Thompson, Easby
Abbey (DOE Official Handbook); VCH i, pp 53-59.

Listing NGR: NZ1859700278

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