Cockermouth Castle bell tower and kitchen tower, Cockermouth - Allerdale

Castle dates from C13, with major rebuilding occurring in the C14 and C19, plus C20 additions. Mostly in good repair, though the C13 bell tower is badly leaning and the C14 kitchen tower has water ingress.The curtain wall on the NW side of the Castle was threatened with undermining in December 2015 as a result of the impact of flooding on the river bank below it. Temporary reinforcement of the bank with piling and rock armour has reduced the immediate risk whilst investigations are undertaken to inform a long-term solution.

Cockermouth Castle bell tower and kitchen tower, Cockermouth - Allerdale
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Cockermouth Castle: medieval enclosure castle and site of earlier motte and bailey castle
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1013333
  • Local Planning Authority: Allerdale
  • Site Type: Defence > Castle


  • Building Name: Cockermouth Castle bell tower and kitchen tower
  • County: Cumbria
  • District / Borough: Allerdale
  • Parish: Cockermouth
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Workington
  • Region: North West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Part occupied/part in use
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument and Listed Buildings - 2 grade I, 4 LBs, CA
  • List Entry Number(s): 1013333 and 1144724; 1144726