Penrith Castle, Penrith

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Penrith castle is a now-ruined medieval castle located in Penrith, in the north-west of England, a few miles to the east of the Lake District National Park.
The site of the castle, in the west of the town is likely to have been a Roman encampment, as it has an irregular and quadrilateral layout.
Penrith Castle was built between 1399 and 1470 as a defence against Scottish raids; it has been said that, unlike so many of its counterparts in the north, 'the building exhibits no indication of very ancient date.' The lordship of Penrith was created in 1397 as a grant to the newly created earl of Westmorland, but the castle was first mentioned in a grant of 1437. Previously believed to have been first built by William Strickland who later become Bishop of Carlisle, the lateness of this reference, it has been suggested, indicates that the most likely builder was Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury. However it is not known whether this was ‘new work on a fresh site, or whether he simply utilized Strickland’s works as the core of his building.’ It is now considered more likely that Strickland built Hutton Hall, near the church in Penrith, instead, and furthermore that a 'tenurial reconstruction shows that he did not hold the castle site.' The is a possible reference to a construction in the site of the castle as early as 1412, and Ralph Neville is known to have granted the building of a tower there, from his comital seat at Raby, the next year. Either way, it seems most unlikely that 'it was built not by a baron, but by the inhabitants themselves, for their own defence,' as was once stated.
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  • Visited on a sunny autumnal day. Lovely park with snow interesting monuments to see, including the medieval castle. Not a huge amount remains but it's free to visit. Adjacent to the railway station.  more »
  • we went to penrith and stopped at Penrith castle not a lot to see it's a ruin but set in a bit of park land so if it's a nice day you can sit and relax and watch the world drive by  more »
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  • The castle is now ruins, with only one complete wall. It gets your brain into gear thinking about how the castle would have looked like when it was lived in. You can still make out where the wooden beams would have been located when they held the ceiling and the fireplaces on the first floor. There is a floor plan which shows where rooms were located. You can climb on some of the ruins to get good photos. I would only recommend if you are in the area, as it hardly takes 15 minutes to look around. There is a supermarket across the road if you need to park.
  • Shows well what basic earthworks where around real castles also has named towers so you could visit the ruin of a real red tower if you wanted the park and play ground make a nice place wait for others to finish at the shop across the road nearby
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