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Comcrook (Cumcrook Tower, Stapleton)

a location shown on a 1590 map of the West Marches of Scotland (The Aglionby Platt)

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Comcriok; Gomcrook

In the civil parish of Stapleton.
In the historic county of Cumberland, England.
Modern Authority of Cumbria, England.
1974 county of Cumbria, England.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY504749
Latitude 55.06681° Longitude -2.77978°

The given map reference is suggested as the probable location of Comcrook shown on the Aglionby Platt.

There are no visible remains.

The likely form(s) of this building in 1590 are;

  • Pele House ('bastle')
    Tower House (gentry).

A section of the 1590 Aglionby Platt. Image reproduced by permission of the National Library of Scotland
Reproduced by permission of the National Library of Scotland

Name centred NY 50407495. A map in the British Museum, dated December 1590, has marked 'Comcrook' with a tower symbol.
There are no visible remains of a tower at Cumcrook and no local tradition of one. The present farmhouse has the outward appearance of a bastle but the tenant says that it contains no extra thick walls (F1 RE 16-MAR-72). (PastScape)


The tower is marked 'Gomcrook' and is shown as on the south bank of the River Black Lyne below the Bailie, but this is a crude map and it it reasonable to suppose a location close to Cumcrook farmhouse.
The Routledge family of Cumcrook were a significant local family of near gentry status, who seem to have had several houses in this area marked on the 1590 platt, but the form of those houses is not clear. A bastle of some from (a large pele-house type or a small superior bastle type) is possibly more likely than a three storey tower attached to an unfortified hall.
The resident householder c. 1590.

Harrison, J.V., 1965, 'The Routledges of Cumcrook' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 65 p. 320- online copy
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This record created on 09/05/2015 07:56:04; This record last updated on 17/09/2015 11:35:50

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