Askerton Castle

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Askerton Castle


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Askerton Tower
Type: Fortified manor house
Grid reference: NY550692
Location: 55°-0’55"N, 2°42’19"W

Askerton Castle is a mediæval fortified manor house in Cumberland.


Aerial photograph of the castle

Askerton Castle was built in the parish of Askerton in Cumberland around 1290.[1] Originally the castle was an unfortified manor, but in the late-15th century Thomas Lord Dacre, the second Baron, built two crenellated towers on either end of the hall range, probably with the aim of increasing the living space in the property rather than simply for reasons of defence.[2] A third tower may have been built on the north-west corner of the property, this time for defensive purposes, but has since been lost.[3] The castle was renovated by architect Anthony Salvin in the 1850s.[4]

Askerton Castle is a Grade I listed building.[5]

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  1. Emery, p.185.
  2. Emery, p.186.
  3. Emery, p.187.
  4. Emery, p.186.
  5. Askerton Castle on 'Gatehouse'