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Gate Castle, Stanhope

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Gaitte; Gates

In the civil parish of Stanhope.
In the historic county of Durham.
Modern Authority of Durham.
1974 county of County Durham.
Medieval County of County Palatinate of Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY94103791
Latitude 54.73626° Longitude -2.09297°

Gate Castle, Stanhope has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are masonry footings remains.


Said by Egglestone to be the southern gate of the deer park of the Bishops of Durham and to have been once owned by Emerson the mathematician. It is, however, a mile inside the south wall of the Deer Park with which it probably has some connection. It is quite unrelated to existing field walls. No sign of the east and west walls in 1945 (Hildyard). The remains of the Gate Castle form a rectangle measuring 17m E to W by 7m N to S. The N, E and W walls of coursed rubble masonry stand to a maximum height of 1.4m and are spread to a width of 2.0m. The S wall is visible as a grass covered bank 1.0m wide by 0.2m high. No entrance is visible (F1 DS 01-JUL-57). Abutting the remains above described, are the foundations of a possible wing projecting to the south. This area measures 9 x 5 metres, and makes the building L-shaped on plan (F2 JLD 02-JUL-57). The remains of this probable gate tower have been completely removed. All that remains are a few flat stones protruding through the now level turf (F3 ISS 09-SEP-74). (PastScape)

The suspicious must be this 'tenement' was a park lodge built with some entirely symbolic crenellations rather than anything that was ever intended to fortified. However, Weardale is fairly remote and some domestic defenses, of the sort seen in late pele towers and bastles, may have existed.
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