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John Comcrook (John Comcrooks 'Tower', Querlokens)

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

In the civil parish of Solport.
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: NY4974
Latitude 55.05785° Longitude -2.79994°

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

There are no visible remains.

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

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

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

A tower symbol referring to John Cumcrook, (probably John Routledge of Cumcrook) is depicted on the 1590 map of Cumbria. It is depicted as a house at 'Querlokens' on the 1607 plot. Probably a stonehouse or bastle. (PastScape)


Shown as west of river on the crude 1590 map. Not Cumcrook, which is shown separately. Given the tendency for such buildings to remain the site of later buildings Gatehouse suspects this tower or, more likely, bastle was located either at Troughfoot (NY490744) or The Roan (NY495748).
The Routledge family of Cumcrook were a significant local family of near gentry status, who seem to have had at least two 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.

John Rouledge of Cumcrook
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 11:34:16

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