List number: 1327059
List grade: 2
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Kirkoswald Castle


The ruins of Kirkoswald Castle are located to the south-east of Kirkoswald in Cumbria. A licence to crenellate (fortify) an existing building was granted by King Johnwas in 1210. However, this first castle was destroyed by Robert the Bruce in 1314. It was rebuilt in 1317 and greatly expanded in 1485 and a moat added. The ruins are in a dangerous condtion and stand on private land, howver, they can be viewed from a nearby footpath.[1]

Kirkoswald Castle is located to the southeast of the village of Kirkoswald, Cumbria,England. It is built from Penrith red sandstone and is still partially standing.

History

A royal licence to crenellate a manor house standing on the site (belonging to Hugh de Morvile) was granted by King John in 1201. In 1314 it was destroyed by the Scots and rebuilt 3 years later in 1317. In 1485 it was greatly expanded and a moat was added. After the death of Thomas Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre in 1525 the stained glass, panelling and beamed ceilings were moved to Naworth Castle.

It was dismantled between 1610 and 1688.

Present Condition

The site exists on farm land with the moat and some of the buildings, including a tower, still visible. A public footpath runs next to the site, which should not be entered for reasons of safety.

The ruins are recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building, and the ruins together with the moated site on which they stand are a Scheduled Monument.

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KIRKOSWALD CASTLE - List Entry
- "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 ...

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Kirkoswald Castle moated site - Scheduled Monument
- "....It is located on slightly rising ground a short distance south east of Kirkoswald village. A timber tower is thought to have been erected here by Ranulph Engaine in the ...

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KIRKOSWALD CASTLE
- "....Greatly expanded c 1485, with a deep ditch being added and the residential apartments being totally remodelled. Abandoned after Rising of the North and it was dismantled between 1610 and ...

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Kirkoswald Castle
- "Kirkoswald has a ruined castle, which in 1210 received a license from King John to fortify the original structure and enclose the extensive park. The Castle was later destroyed by ...

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