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Drumburgh Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Bowness, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.9272 / 54°55'37"N

Longitude: -3.1472 / 3°8'50"W

OS Eastings: 326577

OS Northings: 559765

OS Grid: NY265597

Mapcode National: GBR 6CGG.FK

Mapcode Global: WH6YN.MFJ3

Plus Code: 9C6RWVG3+V4

Entry Name: Drumburgh Castle

Listing Date: 11 April 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1144623

English Heritage Legacy ID: 71900

ID on this website: 101144623

Location: Drumburgh, Cumberland, Cumbria, CA7

County: Cumbria

District: Allerdale

Civil Parish: Bowness

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Bowness-on-Solway St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Tower House, now farmhouse. C13, licence to crenellate granted to Robert le
Brun 24 August 1307. Alterations originally dated 1518 with initials and coat
of arms of Thomas Lord Dacre over entrance; further alterations between 1678 and
1681 for John Aglionby and C19 additions. Extremely thick walls of squared and
coursed red sandstone (from the nearby Roman Wall) on chamfered plinth, parapet
over entrance with carved stone eagle finials; steeply pitched graduated
greenslate roof with coped gables, brick chimney stacks. 3 storeys (formerly 4
storeys), 5 bays; single-storey single-bay extension to left. C19 gabled brick
porch with Welsh slate roof; to right is a blocked round-headed C13 window. C13
blocked round-headed ground floor entrance is partly covered by C16 or C17
external stone steps to first floor. 1517 entrance; iron-studded oak plank door
could be original (with later internal lock dated and inscribed J.L. 1681) in
pointed-arched and chamfered surround with carved stone panel of arms above.
Ground floor and first floor sash windows with glazing bars in enlarged C16
openings. Continuous row of blocked slit vents above. Second floor C16 2-light
stone-mullioned windows now have Yorkshire sashes with mullions removed; blocked
third floor windows slightly above and between these windows. Rear wall has
similar windows and blocked windows. End wall right, which was in danger of
collapse, was completely taken down in the late 1970's and rebuilt in facsimile,
with broad central buttress and corbelled-out battlemented parapet, which may
have been the remains of medieval crenellation. Floor levels of interior
changed in C16 and Cl7: many original features will be covered by later
plasterwork. First floor C17 wood-panelled room. Interior of rebuilt end is
entirely of breeze blocks and open from floor to roof; roof of king-post trusses
could be C16. See Curwen, Castles & Towers of Cumberland & Westmorland, 1913,
pp202-3; Medieval Archaeology, vol xxiii, 1979, p270. Extension to left of
Roman Wall stone and cobbles with greenslate roof. End wall has plank doors and
slatted openings.

Listing NGR: NY2657759765

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