Bolsterstone Castle

Has been described as a Questionable Masonry Castle, and also as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are masonry footings remains

NameBolsterstone Castle
Alternative NamesBolderstone
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthoritySheffield
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishStocksbridge

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)

Gatehouse Comments

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.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSK271968
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  • Hey, David, 2003, Medieval South Yorkshire (Landmark Publishing) p. 80
  • Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles and Tower Houses of Yorkshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 21
  • Ingham, Bernard, 2001, Bernard Ingham's Yorkshire Castles (Dalesman) p. 17
  • Ryder, P.F., 1982 (paperback edn 1992), The Medieval Buildings of Yorkshire (Ash Grove Book) p. 108-22
  • Crossland, P., 1968, The Parish of Saint Mary, Bolsterstone Then and Now_
  • Kenworthy, J., 1915, The Descent of the Manor of Bolsterstone p. 40, 46-7
  • Hunter, J., 1819, Hallamshire: the history and topography of the parish of Sheffield (tenurial history) p. 280 online copy


  • Birch, J., 1981, 'The castles and fortified houses of South Yorkshire' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 137 p. 374-6