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Hexham Castle

Location OS Landranger sheet 87 NY 938641

How to get there From The A69 in Hexham beside the Market Place

Hexham Castle was formed by a curtain wall joining the towers which are

The Moot Hall and Old Gaol

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The Moot Hall
The Old Gaol

Maps courtesy

Mike Salter Folly Books

History

NY 936641/Traces/Access The Archbishops of York had an estate centred on Hexham from the 1070's. There are two towers in Hexham today that were at one time joined by a curtain wall to form a castle and while there is no certain evidence that the precinct had a defensive wall, part of a wall of non defensive character survives on the north side. The Moot hall is a late C14/earlyC15 structure on the site of an earlier (pre-1355) Moot Hall. It was intended as a gateway, a hall of justice and a dwelling for the Bailiff. This also housed a chapel, gaol and until 1838 a court (It is a Grade 2 listed building). The stone for the Moot Hall was taken from the bed of the Tyne. The Old Goal, or The Manor Office, is an oblong tower of built circa 1330 by order of Archbishop Melton of York, nineteen months later John de Cawode, a barber, was appointed the gaoler at a salary of two pence a day. In the 1415 List it is recorded as Turris de Hexham. It served as a gaol until the mid C19. In 1552 Both towers at Hexham are said to be "muche in decaye, because there is no yerly reparacons allowed to be doone upon them" Built partly of Roman masonry. Traditionally the courtyard between was enclosed by a strong wall to make a castle. Palace of the Archbishop of York

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Manor Office; Archbishops Precinct; Hexham Castle

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