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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Ruins of Kirkoswald Castle
St Oswald's Well is built into the wall of the church, and it is thought that the source of the well is a stream running under the nave of the church. In the village is The College, a reminder that St Oswald's church was once a collegiate church, with a college of priests established by the Dacre family, lords of the manor. The College was built in 1450 as a pele, or fortified tower. After the college of priests was dissolved in the Reformation the tower became a residence for the Fetherstonehaugh family.
The village is named for Oswald, King of Northumbria, whose body is thought to have been taken through the village en route to burial. It gained a market charter in the 13th century, but unlike many market settlements it never developed into a town. There are 2 pubs on the Market Place; the Fetherston Arms and the Crown Inn.
Kirkoswald CastleThis small castle was built around 1210, but was ruinous a century later. The fortifications were rebuilt in the 15th century, when a moat and wall were added. When the Dacre family joined the Rising of the North their possessions, including the castle, were forfeited to the crown. The castle was later granted to Lord William Howard, but allowed to fall into decay by the early 17th century.
Stone from Kirkoswald was used to build Naworth Castle, leaving only a single tower. That tower, however, is impressive enough to give some idea of how imposing the castle would have looked for it stands 60 feet high and features finely carved doorway openings. You can easily make out the earthworks and moat that still encircle the castle. The castle tower stands almost hidden by a stand of trees, to the south east of the village, off the minor road to Busk.
Address: Kirkoswald, Cumbria, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location: 3 miles north of Great Salkeld on the B6413
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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