Lowwood Gunpowder Works, Haverthwaite, South Lakeland - Lake District (NP)

Remains of gunpowder works in operation from 1799 to1935. A detailed survey of the remains was completed by Historic England in 2004 showing that there was good preservation across the site. The saltpetre refinery retains many original features and is considered to be one of the best preserved examples of its type. Without a scheme of consolidation and vegetation management, the site will continue to deteriorate.

Lowwood Gunpowder Works, Haverthwaite, South Lakeland - Lake District (NP)
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Lowwood gunpowder works
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1018134
  • Local Planning Authority: Lake District (NP)
  • Site Type: Industrial > Industrial building


  • Building Name: Lowwood Gunpowder Works
  • County: Cumbria
  • District / Borough: South Lakeland
  • Parish: Haverthwaite
  • National Park: Lake District (NP)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Westmorland and Lonsdale
  • Region: North West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Part occupied/part in use
  • Priority: A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: A
  • Ownership: Commercial company