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Latitude: 54.7622 / 54°45'43"N
Longitude: -2.6861 / 2°41'10"W
OS Eastings: 355946
OS Northings: 541021
OS Grid: NY559410
Mapcode National: GBR 9FPC.8P
Mapcode Global: WH80S.QK2L
Entry Name: Kirkoswald Castle
Listing Date: 27 December 1967
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1327059
English Heritage Legacy ID: 73491
Location: Kirkoswald, Eden, Cumbria, CA10
Civil Parish: Kirkoswald
Traditional County: Cumberland
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria
Church of England Parish: Kirkoswald St Oswald
Church of England Diocese: Carlisle
NY 55950 41020 KIRKOSWALD KIRKOSWALD
NY 55 41
12/65 Kirkoswald Castle
Castle in ruins. Late C15 incorporating earlier buildings for the Dacre
family. Large blocks of Penrith red sandstone ashlar on chamfered plinth.
Remains of 3 towers and part of the hall, with other foundations below ground
level, proved by excavation. 3 storey angle garderobe tower has pointed ground
floor entrance and small lancet openings on 2 faces; facing stones have
individual mason's marks. Inner wall has various garderobe entrances, one with
chamfered lintel. Fragments remain of the adjoining hall walls. One other
angle tower stands 2 storeys high with vaulted basement and first floor window,
but all facing stone removed above ground level. Vaulted basement of a similar
corresponding angle tower remains, but no walls are visible above ground.
Encircling moat is early C16 and is complete. Building abandoned in late C16
and demolition began in 1604, with materials taken to Naworth Castle and other
stone finding its way into many buildings in Kirkoswald. See, Curwen, Castles
and Towers of Cumberland & Westmorland, 1913, p150-153.
Listing NGR: NY5594641021
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