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Kirkoswald Castle

Kirkoswald Castle

Kirkoswald Castle sits on the edge of Kirkoswald village and is a significant medieval monument with a complex history. It is well known and loved by the local community, the landowner, and specialist groups, as well as being visited by the public.

In its current incarnation, it has stood on the edge of Kirkoswald village since 1485AD and is a square, moated, late medieval, high status residential castle. The castle has been robbed of stone for use in other buildings in Kirkoswald and further north at Naworth Castle, and the remaining south east and south west towers have now fallen with only footings and ground level chambers remaining. The main upstanding tower was the former solar tower (living quarters) and garderobe (toilet).

The castle was last surveyed in 2004 by Historic England and at that time was highlighted as ‘at risk’. The Fellfoot Forward scheme is an opportunity to remove the structure from the Heritage At Risk Register and support the landowner to secure its future.

Consolidation work started in April 2021 with heritage building specialists, Stone Technical Services, working alongside Mosedale Gillatt Architects, and has recently been completed. Brian Ellison, stonemason with Stone Technical Services, conducted site tours for visitors, explaining the techniques being used in the consolidation of this heritage building. There was also an opportunity for volunteers to be given instruction and guidance in the use of lime mortar on a heritage building and techniques, including deep tamping and pointing – skills which remain unchanged since the castle was first constructed.

Below are images and a video of the site during the work and further information is available from our newsletter and Facebook group.

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