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placename:- Dacre Castle
locality:- Dacre
parish Dacre parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
castle; haunted house
coordinates:- NY46052650
10Km square:- NY42

1Km square NY4626

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Dacre Castle -- Dacre -- Dacre -- Cumbria / -- 23.12.2005
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Dacre Castle -- Dacre -- Dacre -- Cumbria / -- 23.12.2005

old print:- Bradley 1901

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Print, uncoloured lithograph, Dacre Castle, Dacre, Westmorland, by Joseph Pennell, published by Macmillan and Co, London, 1901.
On page 68 of Highways and Byways in the Lake District, by A G Bradley.
printed at lower left:-
Joseph Pennell
printed at bottom:-
Dacre Castle.

placename:- Dacre Castle
date:- 1901
period:- 1900s

old print:- Bradley 1901

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Print, uncoloured lithograph, Dacre Castle, Dacre, Cumberland, by Joseph Pennell, published by Macmillan and Co, London, 1901.
On page 281 of Highways and Byways in the Lake District, by A G Bradley.
printed at bottom:-
Dacre Castle.

placename:- Dacre Castle
date:- 1901
period:- 1900s

old print:- Taylor 1892

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Print, halftone photograph, Dacre Castle, Dacre, Cumberland, published for the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, by Titus Wilson, Kendal, Westmorland, and by Charles Thurnam and Sons, Carlisle, Cumberland, 1892.
Tipped in opposite p.278 of The Old Manorial Halls of Cumberland and Westmorland, by Michael Waistell Taylor.

placename:- Dacre Castle
date:- 1892
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old print:- Taylor 1892

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Print, plan of Dacre Castle, Dacre, Cumberland, published for the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, by Titus Wilson, Kendal, Westmorland, and by Charles Thurnam and Sons, Carlisle, Cumberland, 1892.
Tipped in opposite p.280 of The Old Manorial Halls of Cumberland and Westmorland, by Michael Waistell Taylor.

placename:- Dacre Castle
date:- 1892
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

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 142:-
...
... The Castle is now converted into a farm-house, the moat is filled up, and the outworks destroyed; but the main building remains in a perfect state, consisting of four towers of excellent masonry. ...
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834)

Guidebook, Concise Description of the English Lakes, later A Description of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirky Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823 onwards.
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Page 83:-
Remains of Castles of a more permanent construction are to be seen at ... Dacre, ... the one at Dacre is used as a farm house; ...
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

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 173:-
...
... on the little river Dacor, stands Dacre castle, well known to us for giving name to the family of the barons Dacre, ...

placename:- Dacre Castle
person:- : Dacre 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 188:-
...
At Dacre is the shell of a magnificent castle, once the seat of the Dacre family, who took their name from Acres in the Holy Land; but here are no remains of the monastery, nor does it appear to have subsisted since the Conquest. Mr. Gale derives the name from the Cohors Dacorum stationed here. Here are two rivers Glan, whence Labbé on the Notitia writes it Ambo Glanna. The family of Dacre ended in George lord Dacre 1569, whose great great uncle's daughter marrying sir Richard Fynes, chamberlain to Edward IV. he was created lord Dacre of the South, and his descendants still enjoy the title.
person:- : Dacre Family
person:- : Gale, Mr
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 23:-
...
The next remarkable object that presents itself is Dacre Castle; an old tower, though pretty entire, and formerly the seat of the Dacre family. At what time it came into their possession is very uncertain; but it appears to have been theirs at the time of the Saxon invasion, and probably much earlier, ...
This estate and castle remained in the Dacre family till the reign of King Henry the VII. when the only remainder of that family was a daughter, named Johan: she was married to Sir Richard Fynes, Knight, who was therefore declared Lord Dacre of the South. In his name and family it continued till the year 1716, when it was sold to Sir Christopher Musgrave, who again sold it to Edward Hassel of Dalemain, Esq; and it has remained in that family ever since. William of Malmesbury says, that this is the
Page 23:-
place where Constantine King of the Scots, and Eugenius King of Cumberland, put themselves under the protection of Athelstan King of England, A.D. 927.

placename:- Dacre Castle
person:- : Dacre Family
person:- : Dacre, Johan
person:- : Fynes, Richard, Sir
person:- : Dacre of the South, Lord
person:- : Musgrave, Christopher, Sir
person:- : Hassell, Edward
person:- : Hassell Family
person:- : Constantine, King of Scots
person:- : Eugenius, King of Cumberland
person:- : Athelstan
date:- 1787
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:-
...
19 DAKER. The Dakers, now spelled Dacre, (see Dacre.)
...

placename:- Daker Castle
person:- : Dacre Family
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old print:- Gilpin 1786 (?edn)

Guide book, Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1772, on Several Parts of England, Particularly the Mountains, and Lakes of Cumberland Westmoreland, by Rev William Gilpin, 1772-74; published 1786-1808.
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Print, oval sepia tinted aquatint, Dacre Castle, Cumberland, by William Gilpin, 1772-74, published by T Cadell and W Davies, Strand, London, 1786.
Included in vol.2 opposite p.85 in Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, made in the year 1772.
The list of plates in the preface of the book has:-
XIX. This view has more of the air of Dacre-castle than any of the other old castles we met with: but it is chiefly introduced to shew the beautiful effect which some of these ruins had, when seen, under a gloomy hemisphere, inlightened by the rays of a setting sun. Page 85.

placename:- Dacre Castle
date:- 1772=1774
period:- 18th century, late

old map:- West 1784 map

A Map of the Lakes in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, now Cumbria, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, engraved by Paas, 53 Holborn, London, included in the Guide to the Lakes by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Westmorland, and in London, from the 3rd edition 1784, to 1821.
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placename:- Dacre Castle
castle
county:- Cumberland

old map:- Jefferys 1770 (Wmd)

Map, The County of Westmoreland, scale about 1 inch to 1 mile, surveyed by J Ainslie and perhaps T Donald, engraved and published by Thomas Jefferys, London, 1770.
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Dacre Castle
building with towers; castle

placename:- Dacre Castle
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1770
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

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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Dacor Cas.
circle and flag

placename:- Dacor 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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... Upon the Banks of which [Eamont], where the little River Dacre joins it, stands
Dacre-Castle, noted in later Ages for giving its Name to the Family of the Barons de Dacre; and was mentioned by Bede for having a Monastery there in his Time. The Castle has still some Signs that it was anciently a magnificent Building, when it was the Seat of that Family; ...
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... Kirkoswald and Dacre Castle, the late Earl of Suffex's. ...

placename:- Dacre Castle
person:- : Dacre Family
person:- : Suffolk, Earl of
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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Dacor Castle
Circle, building with two towers, and a cross on one tower.

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

old map:- Morden 1695 (Wmd)

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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Daker Castl.
Circle and tower.

placename:- Daker 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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Daker cast.
Buildings and tower.

placename:- Daker Castle
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1646
period:- 17th century, early; 1640s

old map:- Speed 1611 (Cum/EW)

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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Daker Ca
dot, circle, and tower

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

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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Dacre ca.
circle, buildings, tower

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

old map:- Speed 1611 (Wmd)

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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Daker cast
circle, towers

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

old map:- Saxton 1579

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Building with two towers, symbol for a castle.
Daker cast

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

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
DACRE CASTLE / / / DACRE / EDEN / CUMBRIA / I / 73750 / NY4603726488
courtesy of English Heritage
Fortified tower house. C14 with C17 and C19 alterations. Extremely thick walls of dressed mixed sandstone with offsets, on chamfered plinth, the roof hidden by battlemented parapets. 2-storey rectangular tower over vaulted basement, with angle turrets. Entrance facade has off-centre doorway with stone surround, up L-shaped stone steps. Central C17 coat-of-arms of Earl of Sussex. Irregular fenestration of large C17 cross-mullioned windows, the turrets with smaller loops and 2-light windows. The right and rear left turrets are larger and square, compared with smaller opposing 45 turrets; the rear larger turret being the original entrance point with newel staircase. The interior has many original features such as fireplaces, oven recess, mural chambers and garderobes. See M.W. Taylor, Old Manorial Halls of Westmorland & Cumberland, 1892, pp.278-286; J.F. Curwen, Castles and Fortified Towers of Cumberland & Westmorland, 1913, pp.269-272.

placename:- Dacre Castle
district:- Eden
listed building
coordinates:- NY46032648
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

old print:- Gilpin 1786 (?edn)

Guide book, Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1772, on Several Parts of England, Particularly the Mountains, and Lakes of Cumberland Westmoreland, by Rev William Gilpin, 1772-74; published 1786-1808.
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Print, oval sepia tinted aquatint, Dacre Castle, Cumberland, by William Gilpin, 1772-74, published by T Cadell and W Davies, Strand, London, 1786.
Included in vol.2 opposite p.85 in Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, made in the year 1772.
The list of plates in the preface of the book has:-
XIX. This view has more of the air of Dacre-castle than any of the other old castles we met with: but it is chiefly introduced to shew the beautiful effect which some of these ruins had, when seen, under a gloomy hemisphere, inlightened by the rays of a setting sun. Page 85.

placename:- Dacre Castle
date:- 1772=1774
period:- 18th century, late

old drawing:-
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Drawing, Dacre Castle, Dacre, Cumberland, by Thomas Bushby, 1905.
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dated & signed & inscribed at bottom left:-
June 12 1905 Thos. Bushby Dacre Castle

placename:- Dacre Castle
date:- 1905
period:- 1900s

old print:- Bogg 1898

Book, Lakeland and Ribblesdale, OR A Thousand Miles of Wandering along the Roman Wall, the Old Border Region, Lakeland, and Ribblesdale, by Edmund Bogg, publishd by Edmund Bogg, 3 Woodhouse Lane, and James Miles, Guildford Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, 1898.
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Print, ?lithograph, Interior View, Dacre Castle, Dacre, Cumberland, by Owen Bowen from a photograph by Edmund Bogg, published by Edmund Bogg, 3 Woodhouse Lane, and James Miles, Guildford Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, 1898.
Included on p.138 of Lakeland and Ribblesdale, by Edmund Bogg.
date:-
period:- 19th century, late

old print:- Britton and Brayley 1802

Book, with prints, The Beauties of England and Wales, by John Britton and Edward Wedlake Brayley published by Vernor and Hood, at al, London, 1802; published to 1847?
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Print, uncoloured engraving, Dacre Castle, Cumberland, drawn by Sir R C Hoare, engraved by J Storer, published by Vernor and Hood, Poultry, London, 1802.
Included in the Beauties of England and Wales, by John Britton and Edward W Brayley.
printed at bottom left, right, centre:-
Engrav'd by J. Storer from a drawing by Sir R. C. Hoare, Bart. / for the Beauties of England & Wales. / DACRE CASTLE. / Cumberland / London, Publish'd by Vernor & Hood, Poultry, Sep. 1. 1802.

placename:- Dacre Castle
date:- 1802
period:- 19th century, early

old print:-
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Print, uncoloured engraving, The South East View of Dacre Castle, Cumberland, about 1769.
Included in vol.3 p.47 of a set of castle pictures?
printed at bottom:-
The South East View of Dacre Castle, in the County of Cumberland.
printed at top left of page:-
Vol.III pa.47.

placename:- Dacre Castle
date:- 1769
period:- 18th century, late

old print:-
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Print, uncoloured engraving, Dacre castle, Cumberland, drawn by Sir R C Hoare, engraved by J Storer, published by Vernor and Hood, Poultry, London, 1802.
Included in the Beauties of England and Wales.
printed at bottom left, right, centre:-
Engraved by J. Storer from a drawing by Sir R. C. Hoare Bart. / for the Beauties of England & Wales. / DACRE CASTLE, / Cumberland. / [London Published by Vernor & Hood, Poultry, Sep. 1. 1802]

placename:- Dacre Castle
date:- 1802
period:- 19th century, early

old print:- Lowther 1780s-90s

Scrapbook, 4 volumes, of descriptive texts, maps, and prints of views and coats of arms, for Westmorland and Cumberland, assembled by a member of the Lowther Family, late 18th early 19th century.
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Print, engraving, South East View of Dacre Castle, Dacre, Cumberland now Cumbria, 18th century.
date:- 1760=1799
period:- 18th century, late

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Dacre Castle -- Dacre -- Dacre -- Cumbria / -- 30.9.2005

hearsay Pele tower; tunnel vaulted basement, the hall has a laver. In the 14th century there was a chapel. Generally closed to visits.

story The castle is haunted by the ghost of Eloise, wife of Sir Guy Dacre, and an italian man whom she ran off with. They were caught, and were brought back to the castle. She was taken to the dungeon where her lover was chained to the wall, she embraced him, and his head fell off. She was left in the dungeon with the corpse, and died mad.

hearsay Two gentlemen lived here once who were interested in heraldry. They flew different flags from the towers on different days.
The Kinsman Family lived here, Mrs Bunty Kinsman being famous in London society.

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

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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