A detail of the doorway arch of the gatehouse

Back to Time Period
A detail of the doorway arch of the gatehouse

The view looks up one jamb of the gateway at Rougemont Castle and shows its two orders of masonry. The capitals are of simple cushion form a type which was introduced at the Norman conquest, and so offers a contrast with the Anglo-Saxon features seen elsewhere in the tower. These capitals are of considerable interest, since their context, immediately after the siege of 1068-9, makes them amongst the earliest examples in Norman England.

In the later middle ages this doorway was walled up and a new entrance to the castle formed to its side.

Acknowledgments: Exeter Archaeology