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IoE Number: 73491
Photographer: Mr Gordon Furness
Date Photographed: 02 October 2003
Date listed: 27 December 1967
Date of last amendment: 27 December 1967
Grade II

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NY 55950 41020KIRKOSWALDKIRKOSWALDNY 55 4112/65Kirkoswald Castle27.12.67

NY 55950 41020 KIRKOSWALD KIRKOSWALD NY 55 41 12/65 Kirkoswald Castle 27.12.67 II 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.

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