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Plump Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Elwes; Matthewe Plomp; Plumpe Farm

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY33396815
Latitude 55.00345° Longitude -3.04287°

Plump Tower has been described as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


A tower and hall of 'Matthew Plomp' is depicted on the 1552 map of Cumbria. The present house is C18 vernacular descendant of C16 stonehouse or bastle, built along similar lines long after the defensive requirements were gone. (PastScape)

Shown on the 1552 Map as a tower and halls of 'Matthewe Plomp'. Cole, states 'the house... a vernacular descendant of the 16th century stonehouse, built along similar lines long after the defensive requirements were gone.' He compares this with Bunkershill and Windy Hall.
Cole gives further references, showing that the site can be traced back to 1552. TCWAAS (2), xii, 52 gives details of the Grahams of Plump.
Needs further investigation to determine its date. SMR report of aerial photo 'shows circular enclosure/ringditch. According to owner part of site is subject to ploughing and may have land drains across it. No surface finds (June 1978).' (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Nothing obvious on air photo but extensive and large modern farm buildings obscure the site, and it is most likely the modern buildings site over the site of the C16 building. Shown as a row of single storey roofed houses and not as a crenellated tower on the 1552 map.
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