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placename:- High Head Castle
other name:- Highhead Castle
parish Skelton parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
castle
coordinates:- NY40214339
10Km square:- NY44

1Km square NY4043

old map:- OS County Series (Cmd 38 4)

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:- Highhead Castle
castle
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old map:- Ford 1839 map

Map of the Lake District, published in A Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, 1839.
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High Head Ca.

placename:- High Head Castle
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

old text:- Camden 1789 -- probably relevant

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:-
...
On the Caude ... is Highyate, a castle of the Richmonds, ...

placename:- Highyate Castle
person:- : Richmond 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 192:-
...
"Hyghhed castel six or seven miles from Cairluel by south on the beck on Ivebek." The inquisitions of the reign of Edward III. call it Pela de Highhead, and on the attainder of Andrew de Harcla it was granted to the Dacres. It was bought by the Richmonds t. Henry VIII. and still belongs to them.

other name:- Highhed Castel
other name:- Pela de Highhead
other name:- Highhead, Pela de
person:- : Harcla, Andrew de
person:- : Dacre Family
person:- : Richmond Family
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:-
...
13. HIGHGATE, - Or Heathcot, where Richmond the King's Forester, (or hind,) lived. It is said by different authors that Edward the I. killed one hundred bucks in this forest in one day with his own hand.
...

placename:- Highgate Castle
other name:- Heathcot Castle
person:- forester : Richmond, Mr
person:- : Edward I
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- Bowen and Kitchin 1760 -- probably relevant

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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Highgate Cas.
circle and flag

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

old map:- Badeslade 1742

A Map of Westmorland North from London, scale about 10 miles to 1 inch, and descriptive text, Cumberland similarly, by Thomas Badeslade, London, engraved and published by William Henry Toms, Union Court, Holborn, London, 1742.
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Highgate C.
circle, italic lowercase text; village, hamlet or locality

placename:- Highgate Castle
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1742
period:- 18th century, early

old map:- Morden 1695 (Cmd) -- probably relevant

Maps, Westmorland, scale about 2.5 miles to 1 inch, and Cumberland, scale about 3 miles to 1 inch, by Robert Morden, 1695.
image MD12NY44, button   goto source.
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Highgate Castle
Circle, building with two towers.

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

old map:- Seller 1694 (Cmd)

Map, Westmorland, now Cumbria, scale about 8 miles to 1 inch, by John Seller, 1694; editions to 1787.
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Highgate Cast.
circle; castle

placename:- Highgate Castle
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1694
period:- 17th century, late; 1690s

old map:- Sanson 1679 -- probably relevant

Map, Ancien Royaume de Northumberland aujourdhuy Provinces de Nort, ie the Ancient Kingdom of Northumberland or the Northern Provinces, scale about miles to 1 inch, by Nicholas Sanson, Paris, France, 1679.
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Higbyate
circle, building and tower, flag; town?

placename:- Higbyate
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1679
period:- 17th century, late; 1670s

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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Highgate cast.
Buildings and tower with flag.

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

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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Highyate cast.
circle, building, tower

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

old map:- Saxton 1579 -- probably relevant

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

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

text:- Jackson 1990

Jackson, M J

other name:- Heyheved tower -- 1323
other name:- Hehed castle -- 1370
other name:- Heighheved castle -- 1375
other name:- Hyghett castle -- 1549
other name:- Highened castle -- 1549
other name:- Highed castle -- 1549
other name:- Highyate castle -- 1576
other name:- Hegatcastle -- 1692
other name:- Highgate castle -- 1750

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
THE ARCHES / / / SKELTON / EDEN / CUMBRIA / II / 73950 / NY4022043373

placename:- Arches, The
district:- Eden
listed building -- stable; gingang
coordinates:- NY40224337
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
GARDEN GATE, PIERS AND WALL IMMEDIATELY NORTH OF EIGHTEENTH CENTURY WING OF HIGH HEAD CASTLE / / / SKELTON / EDEN / CUMBRIA / II[star] / 73947 / NY4028043369
courtesy of English Heritage
Gate piers and wall in front of High Head Castle. 1744-7. Red sandstone ashlar with calciferous sandstone dressings. Central square rusticated gate piers with front paired engaged fluted columns and rear pilastered niches, under shaped caps. Flanking low walls with moulded flat coping, ending at either side in further rusticated square piers. The winged figures which formerly surmounted the central piers have been moved to another location.
district:- Eden
listed building -- gate piers; gate
coordinates:- NY40284336
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
HIGH HEAD CASTLE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY WING / / / SKELTON / EDEN / CUMBRIA / II[star] / 73946 / NY4027943334
courtesy of English Heritage
Country house in ruins, built on the site of a medieval castle. 1744-7, probably by James Gibbs for the Brougham family, partly destroyed by fire 1956. Red sandstone ashlar with string course, eaves modillions, open balustraded parapet and V-jointed quoins. Roofless but with banded ashlar sandstone chimney stacks. 2 storeys, 11 bays. Projecting pedimented 3-bay centre, with carved ornament in pediment, has central door in alternate-block surround with entablature and pediment. Stone window architraves. Return and rear walls are partly in ruins. Interior completely gutted. See Transactions Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society, new series, xi, pp.379-384; for the attribution to James Gibbs see G. Beard, 'The Greater House in Cumbria', 1979, pp...... Derelict and unoccupied at the time of survey; owner's application to demolish refused in 1985.
district:- Eden
listed building
coordinates:- NY40274333
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
TUDOR WING WEST OF HIGH HEAD CASTLE / / / SKELTON / EDEN / CUMBRIA / II[star] / 73948 / NY4026543332
courtesy of English Heritage
Tudor wing of High Head Castle, partly incorporated in C18 wing, now in ruins. Mid C16 for the Richmond family with C19 and C20 alterations, partly destroyed by fire in 1956. Thick red sandstone rubble walls with eaves cornice and parapet; without roof. 2 storeys, 5 bays. The present facade, originally the rear, without doorways; the left open doorway is therefore C20; and 2 C19 doorways are now blocked to form windows. 4-light hollow-chamfered stone-mullioned windows, with rounded heads, under hoodmoulds; the small chamfered-surround windows are apparently C20 and ground-floor 2-light matching windows (in former doorways) are also C20. A right ground-floor window has been completely removed leaving an open arch, partly covered by a small ruined lean-to washhouse/outhouse which is probably C18 but on earlier foundations. The former facade was completely plastered over when the C18 wing was constructed and formed an internal dividing wall. Now the building is in ruins, the plaster falling off, revealing blocked 4-light chamfered windows and a panel of Richmond arms. A central staircase has been knocked through. The interior is partly filled with fallen rubble but retains some window seats and fireplace recesses. Whilst an integral part of the C18 Castle this was originally a free-standing building and should anything happen to the C18 wing, then this would revert to its original form and be the only visible remains of the medieval castle. See Transactions Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society, new series, xi, 379-384.
district:- Eden
listed building
coordinates:- NY40264333
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
SERVANTS' WING NORTH WEST OF HIGH HEAD CASTLE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY WING / / / SKELTON / EDEN / CUMBRIA / II / 73949 / NY4025943348
courtesy of English Heritage
Servants' wing for High Head Castle. Early C19. Dressed red sandstone with flush quoins, under graduated greenslate roof with coped gables and ball finials; banded red sandstone ashlar chimney stacks. 2 storeys, 4 bays. Sash windows with glazing bars in plain reveals. Right return wall has C20 door in plain opening. Left return wall has upper-floor round opening. Rear wall blank with central open pediment. Listed for group value with C18 wing of High Head Castle.
district:- Eden
listed building
coordinates:- NY40254334
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
GATE PIERS BESIDE THE LODGE NORTH OF HIGH HEAD CASTLE / / / SKELTON / EDEN / CUMBRIA / II / 73952 / NY4012944046
district:- Eden
listed building -- gate piers
coordinates:- NY40124404
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

old print:-
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Print, uncoloured engraving, The North West View of High Gate Castle, ie High Head Castle, Skelton, Cumberland, about 1769.
Included in vol.3 p.43 of a set of castle pictures?
printed at bottom:-
The North West View of High Gate Castle, in the County of Cumberland.
printed at top left of page:-
Vol.III pa.43.

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

hearsay Ruined in a fire, 1956.

notes 1317 pele replaced in 1340s by stone curtain wall and gateway; 16th century hall, all replaced by a mansion, 1740s; destroyed by fire 1956
Perriam, D R & Robinson, J: 1998: Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria: CWAAS:: ISBN 1 873124 23 6; plan and illustration

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