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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Wyntersheles; Anton Edwards Tower

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY557724
Latitude 55.04367° Longitude -2.69493°

Wintershields has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


A tower is documented as being demolished in the reign of Elizabeth within Wintershields Park. It was a stronghold used by robbers and outlaws. (PastScape–ref. Perriam and Robinson)

Tower demolished in 16th century.
Todd states; 'within the park at Wintershields appear the Ruins of a castle or fort, called Anthon Edwards Tower. This, the Lord Scroop, Warden of the W Marches, caused to be pulled down and destroyed Tem. Eliz R as being a 'Hold and Receptacle for Robbers and Out-lawd Persons with which the Country was then much infested.'
'Wyntersheles' mentioned in Ipm of Humfrey Dacre 1485. Kath Armstrong was the tenant in 1575. In the 1603 Survey it was held by the Lord, but nearby 'Grenesburne' was 'late Anthons Edward Armstrong, now Lord, house 'utterly decaied', (suggesting the Edward's property had been confiscated en masse)...
Further research need; is it the same as Tower Brae? (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Given map reference is for modern farm house called Wintershields. Tower Brae lies 1100m to the east but clearly within the 'park of Wintershields'.
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