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.Early historyThe 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.Fifteenth century originsPenrith 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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  • Nice green place with Castle ruins in the middle. Few descriptions of the Castle from the past. Nice wee park within with walks chance and wee jungle for the kids.  more »
  • Having the surname of Penrith we felt we had to visit Penrith Castle. There is very little left, and it is hardly worth a visit.  more »
  • Ideal picnic spot on a sunny day; ruined castle... did some courting here many years ago... some of the best UK food is from Cranstons across the road, and the train station is there too, and parking....  more »
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  • Alright for a quick visit and free entry. Well maintained.
  • A good stop for five minutes. Free entry. We parked at the shops across the road
  • Great fun playing hide and seek, picnic at the park and a round of mini golf
  • Very beautiful place. Went in November time its cold in here advices that don't forget your Woolley hat a jumper and not forgotten the gloves. I loved this place beautiful.
  • Relaxing location for a shirt walk near ro the town centre.

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