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Latitude: 54.9178 / 54°55'4"N
Longitude: -2.8924 / 2°53'32"W
OS Eastings: 342897
OS Northings: 558484
OS Grid: NY428584
Mapcode National: GBR 8C7K.MX
Mapcode Global: WH7ZX.JNXB
Entry Name: Linstock Castle
Listing Date: 1 April 1957
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1119608
English Heritage Legacy ID: 77660
Location: Stanwix Rural, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6
Civil Parish: Stanwix Rural
Traditional County: Cumberland
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria
Church of England Parish: Crosby-on-Eden St John the Evangelist
Church of England Diocese: Carlisle
NY 45 NW
Farmhouse, formerly tower house. C12 or early C13 as palace for the Bishops of Carlisle, with C17-C20 additions and alterations. Tower has large blocks of red sandstone, mostly from Roman Wall nearby, for walls 2 metres thick; slate gabled roof. 3 storeys, one bay, tower. entrance to ground floor, has chamfered rounded arch with continuous hood-mould hidden by ivy: above left is original first-floor entrance with rounded arch, now filled. Windows inserted 1768 with plain freestone surrounds, sashes with glazing bars, C19 plank door. East face has 2 round-headed lancets and one flat-headed chamfered lancet, now all filled. Ground floor chamfered lancet to west face. C20 steel casement in north face. Interior has pointed arch vaulting to ground floor without stairs: first-floor room connected to 2 second-floor rooms by stair in thickness of the wall. Walls originally higher and flat roof, reduced and gabled 1768. Extension at right angles of 2 storeys, 2 bays has sandstone rubble walls partly covered by render, is probably early C17 incorporating parts of an earlier out building. Two C17 chamfered mullion windows with mixed C19 and C20 sashes, with single glazing bars and steel casements. Further one bay early C19 extension of brick under same roof with C20 kitchen extension of single storey, 2 bays to side. Close to the castle are the remains of the encircling moat. Used as Bishops Palace c1219-early C14, then as prison and refuge for villagers in border raids. For 6 days in March 1307, Edward I, his Queen and Court were entertained here, whilst Parliament was held in Carlisle.
See Curwen, Castles & Towers of Cumberland & Westmorland, 1913, p. 298-9.
Listing NGR: NY4289758484
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