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Forecourt Walls and South Tower of Witton Castle

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

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Latitude: 54.6686 / 54°40'6"N

Longitude: -1.7632 / 1°45'47"W

OS Eastings: 415371

OS Northings: 530411

OS Grid: NZ153304

Mapcode National: GBR JG4G.27

Mapcode Global: WHC50.WXKD

Entry Name: Forecourt Walls and South Tower of Witton Castle

Listing Date: 14 September 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1338595

English Heritage Legacy ID: 111394

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)
2/29 (inset) Forecourt walls
14/9/66 and south tower
of Witton Castle


Forecourt walls and tower. Medieval with C17 and later alterations. Sandstone
rubble with quoins and ashlar dressings; roof of tower not visible. Square
forecourt; tower attached to inner face of south wall. High embattled walls
with Tudor-arched vehicle entrances on east and west, the east under relieving
arch, and low, chamfered,round-headed entrance on south to west of tower.
Parapet walks and steps up to corner turrets except at north-west where wall
joins main building of castle. Short north wall from right return of main
building contains Tudor-arched doorway. Square tower of 2 high stages, the
second set back, has massive off-centre and west buttresses on north face; low
chamfered Tudor-arched surround to boarded door on west; partly blocked round-
headed entrance on east, with shaped tripartite sash inserted, which like 4-
light stone-mullioned window above has Gothic glazing bars. Relieving arch over
the latter window; and evidence of original gable peak. Clock faces on north
and south with painted Roman numerals. Embattled parapets. Roof of tower has
wood bee-cote with horse-and-rider finial.

Exterior of walls shows corbelled machicolations above side arches, round
corner turrets on east wall, large square corner turret at south-west; blocked
8-light mullioned and transomed windows in south wall, where old illustrations
show range of buildings. Blocked monolith round hole to left of central south
window. Sundial over west arch. Many stone parapet drains and round holes,
perhaps musket holes.

Listing NGR: NZ1537130411

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

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