Welcome to a unique reference library of gate and lodge houses found throughout the whole of the British Isles on our travels.

Gate houses made their first appearance in the early antiquity when it became necessary to protect the main entrance to a castle or town. At the end of the Middle Ages, many gate houses in England were converted into beautiful, grand entrance structures to manor houses or country estates. By this time the gate house had lost its defensive purpose and had become more of a monumental structure designed to harmonise with the manor or mansion.

The purpose of this website is to provide a guide for those wishing to find these curious structures, and to give an account of their age, style and location within the country. If you would like us to add your suggestion please use the contact form provided.

Image: Althorpe, Northamptonshire

J. Williams
Chartered Architect