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Howgill Castle.

Hob Uid: 13529
Location :
Cumbria
Eden
Milburn
Grid Ref : NY6652029320
Summary : Fortified house, built on a H-plan with two pele towers flanking a central hall. The building dates from the last quarter of the 14th century, with additions of the 17th century and a Georgian frontage added circa 1733. The walls are faced with sandstone blocks with additions to the rear of coursed, squared rubble. The front and the south side are pebble-dashed. There are graduated slate roofs with stone chimneys.
More information : NY 6652 2932. Howgill Castle (NR). [1]

The castle was built in the last quarter of the 14th century, on an
H plan, which is unusual in the Border Country. Here the original
design is an interesting variant: Two massive pele-towers with a
central hall block. In the 17th century a block containing the great
staircase was added on the NW side of the building and remodelling took place in th 18th century, when gabled roofs were added to the towers and the central block was raised to the same height as the wings. The front now shows no evidence of the earlier building except at the top of the E wing. [2]

Grade II*

Correctly described. The frontage is almost completely Georgian in character (see GP); the rear shows older fabric and the interior
remains very much that of a medieval fortified house. It is semi-
derelict, but restoration is in progress. [3]

Listed by Cathcart King. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1920
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Source : Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society
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Page(s) : 293
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Vol(s) : 54 - 1955
Source Number : 2a
Source : Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society
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Page(s) : 27-33
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Vol(s) : 12
Source Number : 2b
Source : Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society
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Page(s) : 198-201
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Vol(s) : 9
Source Number : 2c
Source : An inventory of the historical monuments in Westmorland
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Page(s) : 174
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Vol(s) : 1936
Source Number : 2d
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Castles and Towers 281ff (Curwen)
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 FRH 25-AUG-67
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Source Number : 4
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands
Source details :
Page(s) : 492
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Vol(s) : Feb-83
Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : Eden, 06-02-1968
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Vol(s) : 155

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Built in the last quarter C14
Monument End Date : 1399
Monument Start Date : 1375
Monument Type : Fortified House, Pele Tower, Cross Wing House, Hall House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Additions C17
Monument End Date : 1699
Monument Start Date : 1600
Monument Type : Fortified House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Remodelled c1733
Monument End Date : 1743
Monument Start Date : 1723
Monument Type : Hall House, Cross Wing House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 19069
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 73207
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NY 62 NE 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 62 NE 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1967-08-25
End Date : 1967-08-25