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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 lay out.Fifteenth century originsPenrith Castle was built between 1399 and 1470 as a defense 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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  • In the big scheme of comparing many castles, Penrith castle is not that great. It actually took me a couple of minutes to remember exactly what this castle offered, which was not a right lot. Obviousl...  more »
  • Beautiful old ruin nestled right in Penrith near several restaurants (including a McDonald's which looks a little out of place in the background of some photos!) Definitely worth a visit. We had a gre...  more »
  • Not much left of it but nice to walk around in the late afternoon. Found a children's park on the other side which was well kept if a little dated. Toilets not the best but at least there were some op...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Interesting but could do with more research / info available
  • Taking a picnic makes a great day out for younger kids
  • The Castle and the surrounding parks used to be a wonderfully maintained garden that felt like an escape in the centre of the town, with interesting plaques surrounding the castle. Now, it is not as well maintained, the castle is a nice place to see, but the rest of the park tends to be full of litter. The views of Penrith in general from the park are nice though.
  • Pleasant but not much to see