Exploring Kirkoswald Castle in Cumbria

As part of our exploration of Cumbrian history and heritage, Rober Croser takes Julia and I to the ruins of Kirkoswald Castle.

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.

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.

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