Wetherall Priory was founded in 1106, the gatehouse however (which appears to be the last remaining building, or at least the most complete) has been modified as late as the 15th century. Red sandstone has been salvaged from various missing monastery buildings, including a chapel and a school, and incorporated into nearby homes and walls, much like at Penrith castle.
The two string courses indicate different levels in the gatehouse, separating rooms which are believed to be accommodation for a priory official, and perhaps shelter for visitors. An interesting prospect as Wetherall had the right of Sanctuary; people who had committed an offence elsewhere could claim Sanctuary here, they would toll a bell in the priory church and swear to keep the peace. On such a cold day I find it easy to imagine someone seeking shelter here by the fireplace, I wonder how many were hiding from a crime?