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Yate Court

In the civil parish of Yate.
In the historic county of Gloucestershire.
Modern Authority of South Gloucestershire.
1974 county of Avon.
Medieval County of Gloucestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST71288597
Latitude 51.57186° Longitude -2.41578°

Yate Court has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Ruins of the great hall, chambers and service rooms of Yate Court. Early - mid C16, for the Berkeley family, possibly incorporating parts of an earlier mediaeval manor. Tall rubble walls survive, in places, up to 18/20 feet high. Moulded string course at first floor level on exterior. Ruins consist of part of a gatehouse and part of the hall. 2 storey section at north east with the remains of an ashlar fireplace which has a moulded jamb and part of a 4-centred lintel with carving in the spandrel. To the south west are 3 walls of a tower (gatehouse) with part of a moulded jamb. A section of freestanding wall survives at the south-west. Part of an important manorial complex, dating from the late C13 and belonging to the Berkeley family and the Crown. Razed in 1644. (Listing report)

Ruins of Yate Court. The gateway of 1299 was removed recently to Berkeley Castle. Only a few walls of the great mediaeval house remain. Burnt down during the Civil War (Listed Building Report 1947).
Yate Court has an oval moat, now drained, c.80 by 100 yds. The buildings were arranged round a courtyard. Licence to crenellate was granted in 1299. The house was rebuilt and enlarged by Henry VII's family. Occupied by Parliament forces in 1644 and burnt shortly afterwards. (TBGAS 1898; )
The ruins of Yate Court are in poor condition. Part of an angle tower 2.0 m. high is at ST 71258593, otherwise the remains are in the N.E. quadrant of the enclosure, centred at ST 7129 8599.
The moat which encloses the site is partly waterlogged and averages 2.0 m. deep. Except for the S.E. quadrant it has an external bank of upcast (F1 NVQ 10-JUL-62).
Listed as a strong house by Cathcart King. An oval moated area of some strength with remains of walls. Said to have had a portcullis gate. Licenced in 1299 (King 1983). (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1299 Aug 8 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Does the gateway still survive at Berkeley Castle?
The gatehouse is said to have a portcullis groove. Licence to crenellate granted to John Wylington in 1299.
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