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Lowther Castle Stead

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castlesteads; Castellum de Lauudre

In the civil parish of Lowther.
In the historic county of Westmorland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Westmorland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY51892412
Latitude 54.60994° Longitude -2.74636°

Lowther Castle Stead has been described as a probable Timber Castle, and also as a probable Pele Tower.

There are masonry footings remains.


Castlesteads, earthwork, 360 yards S. of the church, forms a rectangular enclosure about 30 yards by 24 yards. It probably represents the overgrown foundations of a pele-tower or other mediæval building.
Condition—Bad. (RCHME 1936)

Earthworks of a rectangular enclosure in Lowther Park. PastScape report suggests it probably represents the overgrown foundations of a Medieval pele tower or other Medieval building. Field investigations carried out in 1966 found it to be in good condition. (PastScape)

The site is a large 30m by 25m rectangular ramparted enclosure with very substantial ramparts 4-5m thick with 2m wide tops and standing to 3m in height. At the south-eastern corner the ramparts stand to 4m in height and are much thicker, possibly being the location of a tower. There are possibly two entrances, one in the south and the other in the east. There may be collapsed debris in the interior. The predominantly earthwork form of the structure, the paucity of collapsed masonry and the possible twelfth century date would suggest that this was not a peel tower. It is too small to have been a motte and bailey, but could have been a timber ringwork castle. (LUAU)

Jackson suggests this is the site of the 'castellum de Lauudre' mentioned in 1174. Castellum mentioned c1250. This is is a likely position for an early castle, at other end of now vanished village of Lowther from church. May have undergone some later alteration, including conversion to peel tower site, and landscaping. It is also suggested that the C12/C13 castle was on the site now occupied by the modern Lowther Castle.
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