Description: Cowton Castle
Date Listed: 29 January 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 332070
OS Grid Reference: NZ2945202382
OS Grid Coordinates: 429452, 502382
Latitude/Longitude: 54.4160, -1.5477
There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, South Cowton Deserted Medieval Village, Immediately South West of Cowton Castle, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.
NZ 20 SE
2/25 Cowton Castle
Castle now farmhouse. Late C15 with C19 alterations. Parapet of south-west
tower rebuilt in 1980. For Sir Richard Conyers. Rubblestone with ashlar
dressings. Concrete tile roof. Rectangular with south-west and nort-east
towers and rebuilt outshut on the west side. 3 storeys, towers 4 storeys.
North-east elevation: 4 bays. Ground floor: four-centred-arched door with
two-light plate traceried overlight and hoodmould.Windows in chamfered-
quoined surrounds. To left 3-light plate-traceried window with hoodmould.
To right, a 2-shouldered-arch-light window. First floor: 3-light window
with relieving arch to left. Central 2-light window with relieving arch.
To right 2-shouldered-arch-light window with single-light window above and
below. Stair tower on right has one-light pointed-arch windows with flat
hoodmoulds. Carved stone panel in between first-and second-floor windows.
Embattled parapets. South-west elevation has 2-light window and 3-light
window, chamfered, with cusped-pointed arches and flat hoodmoulds.
Interior: north-east tower has spiral stone stair . Sir Richard Conyers was
granted an annuity by Richard m for services rendered during the War of
the Roses. Then the Bowes family lived at the castle until 1605. Sir
George Bowes, Provost Marshall to Queen Elizabeth I, suppressed the Rising
of the North in 1569.
Information from article in possession of occupant.
Listing NGR: NZ2945202382
Source: English Heritage
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