Keys to the Past

West Mural Tower and West Walls, Auckland Castle (Bishop Auckland)

West Mural Tower & West Walls, Auckland Castle 2006
West Mural Tower & West Walls, Auckland Castle 2006

This stone building was probably originally a gatehouse. Immediately to the south is a filled gap in the wall, which is likely to have been the original gate. This gateway is in Silver Street and leads into the castle. The tower was probably built in the 15th or early 16th century against an earlier wall. The gateway was probably opened in the 17th or early 18th century and blocked by 1772.

Reference number:D37682
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1196445
Registered Park or Garden of Historic Interest
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1000727
Event(s):Recording of a section of the boundary wall of Auckland Castle 2015; Historic Environment Research and Interpretation
Recording of the west curtain wall and mural tower, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham 2016 - 2019; Archaeological Services Durham University

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Bishop Auckland

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