Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are uncertain remains

Alternative NamesGaitlecastellum
Historic CountryDurham
Modern Authority
1974 AuthorityCounty Durham
Civil Parish

Place-name mentioned in 1161-7. Jackson associates this C12 reference with Gate Castle which is not mentioned until C17. However Westgate Castle is also known as simply Gate Castle and this hunting lodge of the Bishop of Durhams' great deer park of Stanhope was standing by 1300 so possibly an earlier reference to that site.

item ex parte meridiana a capite Snelesgile per Gaitte-castellum us{que} ad rivum de Hodeshope per filum aque superius versus aquilonem usque ad divisas foreste predicti episcopi quantum foresta mea durat, ita quod vituli et vitule xii vaccarum cum etatem duorum annorum habuerint inde removebunter. (Farrer)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

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  • Jackson, M.J., 1996, Castles of Durham and Cleveland (Carlise) p. 64
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 354

Primary Sources

  • Farrer, Wm. (ed), 1914, Early Yorkshire Charters (Edinburgh) Vol. 1 p. 441 (mention in 1161-7) online copy


  • Constable, Christopher, 2003, Aspects of the archaeology of the castle in the north of England C 1066-1216 (Doctoral thesis, Durham University) Available at Durham E-Theses Online