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Bassenthwaite Castle Hill

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castlehill

In the civil parish of Bassenthwaite.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY21523265
Latitude 54.68285° Longitude -3.21874°

Bassenthwaite Castle Hill has been described as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.

Description

1900 OS shows as Castle Hill. This does not appear on later maps. Only ''Castle Inn'' across the road suggests a possible castle site. (Lake District National Park HER)
Comments

Close to Bassenthwaite manor so vaguely possible this refers to an earlier building there either a small timber castle or, slightly more likely, a crenellated manor house or small tower house. However, although this name appears on the 1900 map it does not appear on earlier OS maps. The Castle Inn (a notable coaching inn said to date back to 1770) is marked on the earlier maps, in the same font as used for the Castle Hill placename. This may suggest the OS map makers where marking a new building, with the name Castle Hill, rather than an pre-existing feature. Even if Castle Hill was a place taking its name from the inn the inn itself may have taken its name from an earlier structure or, now lost, feature, although Inn names often derive from their painted signs and castles are not uncommon as motifs. Must be considered unlikely if based on place-name evidence only, particular in an area where natural features can be given castle names.
The Lake District National Park HER places this at NY216326, as Gatehouse reads the OS map this is a building just south of the Castle Inn at NY21523265.
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