Rose Castle

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Rose Castle


Rose Castle, Raughton Head.jpg
Rose Castle
Type: Fortified house
Location: 54°48’23"N, 2°58’49"W
Village: Dalston
Owned by: The Rose Castle Foundation

Rose Castle is a fortified house in Cumberland, on a site that was home to the Bishops of Carlisle from 1230 to 2009. It is within the parish of Dalston, a mile and half from the village itself.

The house is a Grade I listed building,[1][2] covering 16,244 square feet. The architects Anthony Salvin and Thomas Rickman were responsible for the alterations which took place in the 19th century.

Plan of the old castle, from History and Antiquities of Carlisle (1838)

The Rose Castle Foundation

The Church Commissioners, having determined that the castle was no longer required as a residence for the Bishop, chose to put Rose Castle up for sale, and the Bishop left in 2009. In September 2016, the castle was bought by the Rose Castle Foundation, a charity founded by local Christian volunteers and academics and chaired by the Bishop of Durham,[3] whose objects are to promote religious harmony,[4] with the intention that the castle will become a centre for pursuing those objects.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Rose Castle)


  1. Rose Castle - British Listed Buildings
  2. National Heritage List 1087473: Rose Castle
  3. Diocese of Carlisle News, 2 September 2016
  4. The Rose Castle Foundation - Registered Charity no. 1159568 at the Charity Commission