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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: 1221000



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

County: Cumbria

District: Eden

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Dacre

National Park: LAKE DISTRICT

Grade: I

Date first listed: 17-Jul-1957

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 73750

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16/31 Dacre Castle



Fortified tower house. C14 with C17 and C19 alterations. Extremely thick walls of dressed mixed sandstone with offsets, on chamfered plinth, the roof hidden by battlemented parapets. 2-storey rectangular tower over vaulted basement, with angle turrets. Entrance facade has off-centre doorway with stone surround, up L-shaped stone steps. Central C17 coat-of-arms of Earl of Sussex. Irregular fenestration of large C17 cross-mullioned windows, the turrets with smaller loops and 2-light windows. The right and rear left turrets are larger and square, compared with smaller opposing 45° turrets; the rear larger turret being the original entrance point with newel staircase. The interior has many original features such as fireplaces, oven recess, mural chambers and garderobes. See M.W. Taylor, Old Manorial Halls of Westmorland & Cumberland, 1892, pp.278-286; J.F. Curwen, Castles and Fortified Towers of Cumberland & Westmorland, 1913, pp.269-272.

Listing NGR: NY4603726488

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Curwen, J F , Castles and Fortified Towers of Cumberland and Westmorland, (1913), 269-272
Taylor, M W , Old Manorial Halls of Cumberland and Westmorland, (1892), 278-286

National Grid Reference: NY 46037 26488


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