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Dacre Castle

Hob Uid: 11089
Location :
Cumbria
Eden
Dacre
Grid Ref : NY4603026480
Summary : A 14th century fortified tower house with 17th and 19th century alterations, partially overlying the earthwork remains of a moat. Two storey tower, built of sandstone, with battlemented parapets. Granted a licence for a chapel in 1354.
More information : [NY 4603 2648] Dacre Castle [NR] (1)

Dacre Castle, almost entirely 14th cent. but traces of earlier work in the west wall. The general lay-out is that of a mediaeval pele tower but with projecting towers at each angle. Restored 17th cent. Three sides of the moat still remain. (2-3)

Apart from recent minor renovations, the castle survives as described above and is occupied: see G.Ps. AO 66/193/7 and 8. The part-filled in moat has the remains of a fishpond along its south side.
Published survey, 25", revised. (4)

Grade I. (5)

Dacre Castle, Medieval keep surrounded by traces of moat, with moat in process of extensive repair in 1963, intended for private occupation. Rectangular block of stone walls about 7 ft. thick, with corner turrets alternately diagonal and square to wall face. Entrance doorway on first floor, with pointed arch, up flight of stone steps. Large hall has arched fireplace and side oven, and trefoiled piscina. King post roof now being ceiled. Vaulted cellars. Spiral stone stair with stone newel and vaulted top. Upper room with fireplace. Stone corbels support moulded timber beams of upper floor. Moat at present (1963) a muddy ditch. Exclude farm buildings.
Authority 6 is full text of Authority 5. (6)

The large windows at Dacre Castle with mullion and transom crosses are dated circa 1700. in 1354 a licence for a chapel in the castle was granted. (7)

NY 461266. Earthworks of Dacre Castle, scheduled. (8)

Dacre Castle A 14th century fortified tower house with 17th and 19th century alterations. Grade 1. (9)

Earthwork remains of a moat; the sub-rectangular island, which contains Dacre Castle on its east side, is surrounded by a waterlogged moat except on its east side. On the west and south sides the moat is flanked by an external bank up to 9m wide and 1m high; beyond on this on the south and southwest sides is a second parallel bank of similar size with a dry ditch separating the two banks. (10)

Listed with plan and elevations. (11)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" (Prov.) 1957
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Source Number : 2
Source : Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society
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Page(s) : 226-7
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Vol(s) : 47, 1947
Source Number : 3
Source : Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society extra series
Source details :
Page(s) : 269-72
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Vol(s) : 13, 1913
Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 FRH 12-DEC-66
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : MHLG (Prov List) Penrith RD Cumberland Aug 1966 p10
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Source Number : 7
Source : Cumberland and Westmorland
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Page(s) : 117
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Source Number : 8
Source : List of ancient monuments in England: Volume 1, Northern England; Volume 2, Southern England; Volume 3, East Anglia and the Midlands
Source details : DOE (IAM) Anc Mons England 1 1978 p18
Page(s) : 18
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Vol(s) : 1
Source Number : 9
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE Listed Buildings District of Eden Cumbria 24.10.86 p12
Page(s) : 12
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Source Number : 10
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : English Heritage SAM Amendment 6.2.95
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Source Number : 11
Source : The medieval fortified buildings of Cumbria : an illustrated gazetteer and research guide
Source details :
Page(s) : 182-3
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Vol(s) : vol.29

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Built C14
Monument End Date : 1399
Monument Start Date : 1300
Monument Type : Moat, Tower House
Evidence : Earthwork, Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Granted licence 1354
Monument End Date : 1354
Monument Start Date : 1354
Monument Type : Domestic Chapel
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Altered C17
Monument End Date : 1699
Monument Start Date : 1600
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Altered C19
Monument End Date : 1900
Monument Start Date : 1801
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 30679
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : CU 341
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 23757
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 73750
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NY 42 NE 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 42 NE 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1966-12-12
End Date : 1966-12-12