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Kirkoswald Castle

A Grade II Listed Building in Kirkoswald, Cumbria

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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

Plus Code: 9C6VQ867+VG

Entry Name: Kirkoswald Castle

Listing Date: 27 December 1967

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1327059

English Heritage Legacy ID: 73491

Location: Kirkoswald, Eden, Cumbria, CA10

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Kirkoswald

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Kirkoswald St Oswald

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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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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