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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1208315



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cumbria

District: Carlisle

District Type: District Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 01-Jun-1949

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 386583

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NY3956SE CARLISLE CASTLE 671-1/6/14 Inner Bailey: Keep 01/06/49


Keep of Carlisle Castle and adjoining forebuilding. Early C12 with mid C16 and C19 alterations. Extremely thick walls of squared red sandstone with stepped chamfered plinth, broad pilasters and splayed embrasures to parapets. Flat lead roof. 4 storeys, roughly square. East face has off-centre doorway recessed for portcullis. An additional entrance at first floor level at left has been covered by a 2-storey forebuilding, which is partly medieval, but very altered (a 1577 replica panel is built into one wall). Various original slit windows, but some enlarged as casements or sashes with glazing bars; over one window is the inscription JOHN HYDE 1714. Sloping gun ramp on north face is now stepped; earthen ramparts cover parts of the west and south faces. Broad splayed embrasures to parapets are thought to be a C16 alteration, removing part of its original height. INTERIOR retains many original and later features; vaulted basement; C12 fireplace; mural chambers with C15 carvings. For full details McCarthy et al (1990). Listing includes the former 1827 Quartermaster's store adjoining the Forebuilding and remaining rear wall of the 1577 Governor's House which adjoins the Keep.

Listing NGR: NY3974856224

Selected Sources

Books and journals
McCarthy, M R, Summerson, H R, Annis, R G, Carlisle Castle : A Survey And Documentary History, (1990)

National Grid Reference: NY 39748 56224


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