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Bolsterstone Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Stocksbridge.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Sheffield.
1974 county of South Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK27179682
Latitude 53.46741° Longitude -1.59274°

Bolsterstone Castle has been described as a Masonry Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry footings remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Salter writes "Remains of gatehouse. C16 house may contain older masonry." PastScape report "Two cottages, now one dwelling. Built in C16 or early C17 and altered and extended in C19. The stone building is two storeyed, with the older fabric to the southern end. It is thought to represent a surviving vestige of Bolsterstone Castle." In village and possible manorial centre. Birch describes this as Edwardian era courtyard castle, Hey calls it a late medieval manor house.

Porter's Lodge, Bolsterstone Castle. Medieval, extensively remodelled in late C19. Coursed, squared gritstone, C19 work more regular. Stone slate roof. One window and door. Single storey. Quoins, To left of centre the jamb and springer of a medieval arched gateway. To right a narrow oak door in chamfered quoined surround with shouldered lintel. A C19 plaque to right states : PORTERS LODGE /BOLSTERSTONE CASTLE/ SUPPOSED DATE OF DOORWAY / A.D. 1250. To left of archway jamb a tall 3-light window with lights shaped as doorhead, leaded lights. Stone gutter brackets. Right return : Matching 4-light window with relieving arch over. Reset medieval mask in gable above. (Listed Building Report)

Nothing in the tenurial history would suggest a Edwardian era castle, although a manor house must have existed at that period. Seemingly someone has interpreted a late medieval feature as C13 (the doorway with a lintel supported on corbels - sometimes called a Carnarvon Arch (from it extensive use in Caernarfon Castle a form that existed from at least 1250 but survived throughout the medieval period and beyond). The late medieval manor house seems to have had some substantial masonry work, presumably in an archaic and militaristic style resulting in the castle name.
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