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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: REMAINS OF NEWARK CASTLE

List Entry Number: 1196278

Location

REMAINS OF NEWARK CASTLE, CASTLEGATE

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Nottinghamshire
District: Newark and Sherwood
District Type: District Authority
Parish: Newark

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 29-Sep-1950

Date of most recent amendment: 13-Aug-1992


Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 384971


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History

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Details


NEWARK ON TRENT

SK7954SE CASTLEGATE
619-1/5/122 (North West side)
29/09/50 Remains of Newark Castle
(Formerly Listed as:
CASTLE GATE
The Castle)

GV I

Remains of castle. Gatehouse, including chapel and lodging,
curtain wall and north west tower built for Alexander, Bishop
of Lincoln, c1133-1148. South west tower later C12. North west
tower and curtain wall remodelled and river front central
tower built, probably for Bishop Henry de Burghersh,
c1320-1340. Hall undercroft mid C14. Hall altered and river
front oriel window added for Bishop Thomas Rotherham,
1471-1480. Gatehouse, hall windows, central and south west
towers altered and refenestrated for residence for Earl of
Rutland, 1581. Slighted and left as a roofless ruin following
siege of 1646. Restored 1845-1848 by A Salvin. Purchased and
restored by Newark corporation, 1889. Restored and
consolidated by DoE, 1979-1990. Squared dressed stone and
ashlar with ashlar dressings. Oblong plan with the south east
side demolished. Gatehouse, north west tower, river front,
central turret, south west tower, curtain wall, undercroft.
Ashlar faced square gatehouse, 3 storeys, has corner pilasters
to north east entrance front, and mid C19 buttresses flanking
the central gateway. Double-rebated round headed opening with
dogtooth on hood mould. Above, two 2-light segment headed
windows, late C16, in blocked and altered C12 openings. Above
again, similar fenestration with a single 2-light cross
mullioned window. South west side has a plain gateway and
above it a rectangular opening to the right and above again, a
central round headed opening. South east side has a polygonal
stair turret with a round headed door at bottom and top.
Above, to its left, a late C16 3-light window and above it a
similar window, both with four centred arched heads. North
east curtain wall has a garderobe chute to right, and above,
to left, various broken openings, 2 of them with four centred
arches. Polygonal north west tower has a battered plinth and
small loops on 2 stages. North west face has a cross mullioned
window with panel tracery and above it, a segment headed
mullioned window, both restored. Interior has a bottle dungeon
and a rectangular dungeon to west, adjoining the undercroft.
River front has a central canted turret, 2 stages, with
plinth. Single broken opening and above it, a restored 3-light
cross mullioned window. Interior has a dungeon reached by a
spiral stair. Curtain wall, 3 storeys plus basement, has
remains of crenellation to right. To left, 3 unglazed windows,
early C14, originally lighting the halls. To their right, a
small mullioned window with cusped heads. Above the left
window, a 5-light and a 2-light cross mullioned window. To
their left, a late C15 2-stage canted oriel window with 3
traceried openings and above, an untraceried segment headed
opening. Interior has a traceried vault. To the left of the
oriel, a 4-light cross mullioned window with panel tracery and
above it, a larger traceried 6-light window by Salvin. Below
and to the left of the oriel, a double rebated round headed
watergate. To the right, at basement level, a double garderobe
chute.
Rectangular south west tower, 3 stages, has battered plinth.
To north west, single rectangular openings arranged one above
another, that next to the top with C20 glazing. South west
side has a 2-light mullioned window with a square opening
below and a rectangular window above. Inner face has a
reconstructed roll-moulded round headed doorway in the return
angle, with shafts. Above, south and east faces have doors to
the wall walk. East face has a four centred arched double
lancet with hood mould. South face has a single C20 door on 2
floors. Consolidated remains of south west curtain wall have
brick relieving arches. Early C14 undercroft, 4x2 bays, has
octagonal piers without capitals and chamfered ribs to plain
pointed barrel vault. In the undercroft, the remains of the
doorway to the early C12 chapel. Because of its strategic
situation at the crossing of the Trent and the north road,
Newark castle has often been used as a staging point on royal
journeys and as a rallying point. Built by the Bishop of
Lincoln, it was taken into royal hands as early as 1135 by
Stephen and restored to the Bishop only in 1218, after John
had died there in 1216. Edward II took control of the castle
in 1322, and it passed into the hands of Henry VIII in 1547.
It was held for Charles I during the Civil War, and besieged
in 1644 and 1646. It was also visited by Henry II (1180),
Henry VII (1487) and James I (1603). In spite of its
importance, the castle is not an outstanding example of
fortification, the Trent being its main strength. Its defences
were not updated after the early C14, and were allowed to
deteriorate from the mid C16. Scheduled ancient monument no.
3.
(Buildings of England: N Pevsner, revised E Williamson:
Nottinghamshire: Harmondsworth: 1979-: 188-190; Newark Castle;
a short guide: Newark: 1980-; Measured drawing of castle river
front: Newark).


Listing NGR: SK7963854079


Selected Sources

  1. Book  Reference - Title: Newark Castle a Short Guide - Date: 1980
  2. Unpublished Title  Reference - Title: Part 33 Nottinghamshire - Journal Title: Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England
  3. Book  Reference - Author: Williamson, E - Title: The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire - Date: 1979 - Page References: 188-190

Map

National Grid Reference: SK 79638 54079


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