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Millom Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SD17128134
Latitude 54.22094° Longitude -3.27255°

Millom Castle has been described as a certain Masonry Castle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


Ruins of castle or moated manor house incorporating present farmhouse. Licence to crenellate 1335, east range later C14, great tower, now farmhouse C16 or C17 with later alterations. Stone rubble with ashlar dressings, house partly roughcast with parallel hipped slate roofs. House has hall to north; east range has central gatehouse, kitchen range to north, solar range to south. Windows with pointed heads. East elevation has projecting gatehouse up C17 steps, front wall collapsed, small projection to south. Straight-headed 1st floor window to south return. South elevation of house has varied windows with label moulds, mostly tall 12-pane sashes, later 2-storey wing to west. Cross-axial stack and return lateral stacks. Entrance to wing. West elevation has pointed entrance and window opening to hall, entrance with overlight and 2 sashed windows to house, gabled out-house to wing which has sashed windows. North elevation has later barns abutting. Solar range has 1st floor with larger windows and ogee-headed entrance, probably to garderobe, to south-west angle; ground floor fireplace has smoke hole to outer hall with finial. Gatehouse has signs of 1st floor, small courtyard to west has jamb of entrance with portcullis groove. Kitchen range has segmental-headed fireplace with smoke hole to outer wall. 2 pointed entrances to hall lwhich has signs of east dais and 2 formerly Y tracery north windows. House north elevation has 2 pointed entrances to vaulted cellars; sashed windows, one with bull's eye pane. East elevation has wide-boarded studded door. Moat to west and north. (Listed Building Report)

Millom Castle was probably founded in the 13th century, but following the licence to crenellate (1335) the main building took place, and probably included the entrance tower and the hall. Circa 1450 further buildings were erected and about 1600 the Great Tower was built. In 1644 the Castle was partially demolished. The present remains consist of the moat (visible on the south and westsides), the tower, hall, and ruined gatehouse. (PastScape ref. Curwen 1913)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1335 Aug 24 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).
It has been incorrectly suggested that a Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1622 March 10.


Curwen writes a further licence was granted in 1622 but this seems to be an error (Salter, who must have been using this reference, gives this date as 1522 making Curwen's error even more confusing)
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