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Lamplugh Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Lamplugh Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY088207
Latitude 54.57346° Longitude -3.41094°

Lamplugh Hall has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Lamplugh Castle, which stood near the old Roman road leading from Egremont to Cockermouth. The Lamplughs held it in the time of Henry II., and the old hall continued as the residence of the knightly family of the Lamplughs down to the period of the Civil War. The old tower of Lamplugh was a bulky square building with high ramparts, and extremely massive, with walls nine feet thick. At the beginning of the present century the tower was still standing with some of its loopholed walls and surrounding buildings, until in 1821, it was ruthlessly destroyed and replaced by a farmhouse. (Taylor 1892)

the old hall, the ancient residence of this knightly family, has been replaced by a substantial farm house. The gateway bears on a shield the date 1595. The tower was taken down in 1821, when it was found that the mortar was harder than the stone itself, and the walls, being eight feet thick, required the force of gunpowder to rend them asunder. (Mannix and Whellan 1847)

A gateway dated 1595, with a coat-of-arms and a name on a 20th century facsimile panel over the entrance, after the gate was partly rebuilt in 1961. It is of tooled ashlar. The central entrance has continuous roll-moulding and a flattened, pointed head under a rectangular hoodmould. The core may be 14th century. (PastScape)

Nothing survives of the tower, which was a chamber block attached to an unfortified hall. The heavily restored gateway does survive but this is not defensive or even particularly martial.
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