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Egremont Castle, Egremont

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Egremont Castle is located in the town of Egremont, Cumbria.HistoryThe original castle was built on a mound above the River Ehen on the site of a Danish fort following the conquest of Cumberland in 1092 by William II of England. The present castle was built by William Meschin, who founded the castle between 1120 and 1135. Further additions were made in the 13th century. It eventually fell into disuse and became the ruin it is today.The castle provided protection for the town which William also created. The long wide street provided a marketplace for traders, who were granted privileges and given security in return for payment of tolls. Some of the profits were undoubtedly used by this founding father of Egremont in the foundation of the priory of St Bega at St Bees.The castle is of Motte-and-bailey design.It is said to have once possessed a horn which only the rightful heir could blow. The legend was the subject of William Wordsworth's poem The Horn of Egremont Castle.In popular cultureAn idealised view of the castle appears as a detail on the cover of The Big Lad in the Windmill, the 1986 debut album by the band It Bites .
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  • I had a walk around the castle last month and it is a nice place for a 10-15 minute walk, with the ruins of the 12 th century castle being well maintained by the council and the grounds looking...  more »
  • Great place to view when out and about. Hadn't planned to visit but as they say when in Egremont do the attractions  more »
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  • Pleasant walk through the grounds with nice views over the valley. Info boards really help to make sense of the remaining structures. Can be very peaceful if you just need to chill for a bit.
  • Nice walk round in the sun . Would of liked to of gone round more of the Castle but didnt have time .
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