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Lazencastle Wood

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Lasen Castle; Lazon; Glasson Leyson; Laysin

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY51505338
Latitude 54.87283° Longitude -2.75729°

Lazencastle Wood has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are no visible remains.


(Area NY 512532) Lazen Castle (Private 1" W G Collingwood undated). Lazon Castle, shown on the map of Hayton Manor AD 1710, is a steep hill overgrown with trees; it exhibits no traces of foundations or earthworks. Graham suggests that it may have been a castle in name only, that is, a natural vantage point used by the local herdsmen when surprised by Scottish raiders.
Mention is made of Lasen Castle in an AD 1613 description of Carlatton bounds. Colingwood, under mottes, mentions Laxon Castle, with the comment, 'no remains known', he gives Graham as a sub-reference. A small steep-sided hillock at NY 51505338 is the natural site for a vantage point or a defensive work. Recent afforestation, however, precluded any close inspection, but the narrowness of the summit makes it unlikely that a castle ever existed. (PastScape)

Supposed possible motte. Rejected by Jackson as natural hill. Record of place name Lasen Castle in 1613. Looks like prominent natural hill on map, not a manorial centre and of little strategic value.
Is this site so isolated that one wonders if the name is a corruption of lazar and that it was a place of retreat used by lepers (a term that, in medieval use, meant people with many disfiguring diseases - not just Hansen Disease) although Graham's suggestion of a more general place of retreat in troubled times is a valid one.
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