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Witton Castle

A Grade II* Listed Building in Evenwood and Barony, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.6687 / 54°40'7"N

Longitude: -1.7632 / 1°45'47"W

OS Eastings: 415372

OS Northings: 530431

OS Grid: NZ153304

Mapcode National: GBR JG4G.25

Mapcode Global: WHC50.WXK8

Entry Name: Witton Castle

Listing Date: 7 January 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1311117

English Heritage Legacy ID: 111392

Location: Evenwood and Barony, County Durham, DL14

County: County Durham

Civil Parish: Evenwood and Barony

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Witton-le-Wear

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text

NZ 13 SE
(North side)
2/27 (inset) Witton Castle


Castle, now caravan site and leisure complex administration and club buildings.
Probably late C14; licence to crenellate 1410; partial demolition late C17;
extensive late C18 and C19 alterations and additions. Coursed sandstone rubble
with ashlar dressings and some quoins; roofs not visible. Main north range of
medieval castle with west extensions and additions forming enclosure to service
courtyard. Main front of north range 2 storeys, 8 bays, with stair turret
projection in second bay and full-height porch with projecting porte-cochere in
fifth bay. Port-cochere has double-chamfered flat-2-centred arches; wide angle
buttresses; front corbel table and battlemented parapet. Tudor-arched surround
to boarded door in porch, which has Decorated tracery in 4-light windows, and
battlemented parapet with stone figures of buck and doe. Polygonal stair
turret has 3 set-back stages with small chamfered lights, and heraldic panels
and date and initials HC 1881, below corbelled battlements. Varied windows in
other bays in medieval and Tudor styles, some with dripmoulds, are all C19.
Bays flanking porch project slightly, the right under tower with figures on
battlements. Corbelled external chimney stack from ground floor between 2
right bays, which have set-back stages; right end angle turret has similar set-
backs, as has corresponding turret at left end which is abutted by west forecourt
wall (q.v.). Square stone chimneys on corbelled stack and to left of entrance
bay; octagonal stone chimney on front of tower behind porch with bronze fox.

West extensions have some Gothic-style openings, some of mid-C19 character, and
probably incorporate early north curtain wall. Interior of main range shows
principal first-floor rooms with Gothic panelling and window reveals; barrel-
vaulted ground floor.

Listing NGR: NZ1537230431

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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