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Latitude: 54.4154 / 54°24'55"N
Longitude: -1.26 / 1°15'35"W
OS Eastings: 448122
OS Northings: 502470
OS Grid: NZ481024
Mapcode National: GBR MKNC.0Z
Mapcode Global: WHD7R.M87X
Entry Name: Whorlton Castle Gatehouse
Listing Date: 23 June 1966
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1151332
English Heritage Legacy ID: 333224
Location: Whorlton, Hambleton, North Yorkshire, DL6
County: North Yorkshire
Civil Parish: Whorlton
Built-Up Area: Swainby
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire
Church of England Parish: Whorlton
Church of England Diocese: York
NZ 40 SE WHORLTON CASTLE BANK
9/165 Whorlton Castle
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 text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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