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placename:- Armathwaite Castle
locality:- Armathwaite
parish Hesket parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
building/s; pele tower; castle
coordinates:- NY50584589
10Km square:- NY54

1Km square NY5045


Armathwaite Castle -- Armathwaite -- Hesket -- Cumbria / -- 9.3.2007

old map:- OS County Series (Cmd 31)

County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.

placename:- Armathwaite Castle
date:- 1860=1869
period:- 19th century, late; 1860s

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
Page 125:-
... [Armathwaite] Castle is a plain square tower, standing on the river's bank, fitted up so as to meet the wants and comforts of modern refinement. The chapel of ease is a rude picturesque edifice, in the patronage of the owners of the Castle, ...

placename:- Armathwaite Castle
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

road book:- Cary 1798 (2nd edn 1802)

Road book, Cary's New Itinerary, by John Cary, published by G and J Cary, 86 St James's Street, London, 1798-1828.
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page 273-274
About 2 Miles on the r. of High Hesket is Armathwaite Castle, William Milburn, Esq. ...
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page 289-290
About 2 Miles on the r. of High Hesket is Armathwaite Castle, William Milburn, Esq.

placename:- Armathwaite Castle
person:- : Milburn, William
date:- 1802
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

old text:- Camden 1789

Britannia, or A Chorographical Description of the Flourishing Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, by William Camden, 1586, translated from the 1607 Latin edition by Richard Gough, published London, 1789.
Page 174:-
... Armanthwayte, a castle of the Skeltons ...

placename:- Armanthwayte Castle
person:- : Skelton Family
date:- 1789
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old text:- Camden 1789 (Gough Additions)

Britannia, or A Chorographical Description of the Flourishing Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, by William Camden, 1586, translated from the 1607 Latin edition by Richard Gough, published London, 1789.
Page 191:-
Armathwaite castle belongs to William Milborne, esq., by inheritance of Robert Sanderson, who bought it of Richard Shelton, esq., 1712, whose grandfather rebuilt and endowed the chapel here. In the castle was preserved in Mr. Machel's time a broad sword with a basket hilt; on one side of the blade EDWARDUS, on the other PRINS ANGLIE. It was probably left there in Edward I's time, and the prince might lodge here when his father's headquarters were at Lanercost. ...

placename:- Armathwaite Castle
person:- : Milborne, William
person:- : Sanderson, Robert
person:- : Shelton, Richard
person:- : Edward I
date:- 1789
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old text:- Clarke 1787

Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787 and 1789; and Plans of the Lakes ... 1793.
Page 105:-
I do not find any ancient authors mention a castle here [Castlerigg], Speed, who speaks of twenty-five in Cumberland, hath found out every one I ever heard or knew of, except Kirkoswald; how that has escaped him I cannot tell. I shall here put down their names, and, as well as I can, their most ancient owners, and supposed founders.
Page 106:-
11 ARMATHWAITE. Some say William Rufus, only because he built and endowed an Abbey near it; others the Romans, now William Millbourn's, Esquire.

placename:- Armathwaite Castle
person:- : William Rufus
person:- : Romans
person:- : Millbourn, William
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- Bowen and Kitchin 1760

New Map of the Counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, Emanuel Bowen and Thomas Kitchin, published by T Bowles, John Bowles and Son, Robert Sayer, and John Tinney, 1760; published 1760-87.
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Armanthwayte Ca.
circle and line

placename:- Armanthwayte Castle
date:- 1760
period:- 18th century, late; 1760s

descriptive text:- Simpson 1746

The three volumes of maps and descriptive text published as 'The Agreeable Historian, or the Compleat English Traveller ...', by Samuel Simpson, 1746.
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Armathwaite-Castle, belonging to the Skeltons, ...
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... Armathwaite, the Seat of John Skelton, Esq; ...

placename:- Armathwaite Castle
other name:- Armathwaite
person:- : Skelton Family
person:- : Skelton, John
date:- 1746
period:- 18th century, early; 1740s

old map:- Morden 1695 (Cmd)

Maps, Westmorland, scale about 2.5 miles to 1 inch, and Cumberland, scale about 3 miles to 1 inch, by Robert Morden, 1695.
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Armanthwate Cast
Circle, building with two towers.

placename:- Armanthwate Castle
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1695
period:- 17th century, late; 1690s

old map:- Jansson 1646

Map, Cumbria et Westmoria, or Cumberland and Westmorland, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, by John Jansson, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1646; published 1646-1724.
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Armanth Watcast
Buildings and tower, no flag.

placename:- Armanth Watcast
other name:- Armanthwaite Castle
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1646
period:- 17th century, early; 1640s

table of distances:- Simons 1635 -- probably relevant

Table of distances and map of Westmorland, engraved by Jacob van Langeren, published by Mathew Simons, London, 1635-36.
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Arma~thwait Ca: SE.
and tabulated distances; A on thumbnail map?

placename:- Armanthwait Castle
date:- 1635
period:- 17th century, early; 1630s

old map:- Speed 1611 (Cmd)

Maps, The Countie Westmorland and Kendale the Cheif Towne, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, and Cumberland and the Ancient Citie Carlile, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, by John Speed, London, 1611; published 1611-1770.
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Armanthwat cas.
circle, buildings, tower

placename:- Armanthwat Castle
date:- 1611
period:- 17th century, early; 1610s

old map:- Saxton 1579

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Building with two towers, symbol for a castle.
Armathwate cast:

placename:- Armathwate Castle
county:- Cumberlandia
date:- 1576
period:- 16th century, late; 1570s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
ARMATHWAITE CASTLE / / / HESKET / EDEN / CUMBRIA / II[star] / 73864 / NY5057245873

placename:- Armathwaite Castle
parish Hesket parish, once in Cumberland
district:- Eden
listed building
coordinates:- NY50574587
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

hearsay Four storey pele tower with 18th century, georgian, additions. Owned by the Skelton Family up to 1712. About the time of Edward II to Henry VIII, the Skeltons represented the county of Cumberland in Parliament. John Skelton was poet laureate to Henry VIII.
Closed to visits.

notes 15th century tower
Perriam, D R & Robinson, J: 1998: Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria: CWAAS:: ISBN 1 873124 23 6; plan and elevation

hearsay This is said to be where King Arthur slew the Giant of Castle Ewain.

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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