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Castle Carrock Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY54405541
Latitude 54.89141° Longitude -2.71213°

Castle Carrock Castle has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.


In a marshy field about 40 yds east of the church is an ancient earthwork about 100 yards long x 40 to 50 yards wide, rounded at the SE corner, and formerly surrounded by a fosse now filled up. "An occupation road has probably run through the north-west end where it narrowed" (TCWAAS, 1883). The remains of a sub-rectangular moated enclosure best preserved on the north east side where the ditch, now dry, is 6m wide and 0.7m deep. Elsewhere it is extensively mutilated and virtually obliterate in the north west. There are no internal remains. To the immediate south east there is a possible fish pond. The work has no great strength, but may represent the site of a fortified manor house from which the name 'Castle Carrock' was derived (Field Investigators Comments–F1 BHP 21-MAR-72). (PastScape)

Renn writes this site is natural (Was he actually referring to the Hallsteads site?) and castle was probably on fell top, presumably at Jacobs Hill. In 1160's Gamel de Castlecarrock had his seat either here or at nearby Jacobs Hill. The family became extinct late in reign of Edward I.
This site, by the church, is a typical location for the medieval manorial centre and there seems no reason to doubt it as the location of Gamel's castle. The early 'castle' does not seem to have had a motte and seems to have been of only modest defensive character.
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