Appleby Castle gatehouse
Appleby Castle gatehouse

Appleby Castle was founded in 1100 by Ranulf le Meschin, who may have founded the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland at the same time. That first structure was little more than an extensive system of earthwork defences.

The great stone keep of the castle was built sometime around 1170 when the property was owned by Hugh de Morville. De Morville had the property confiscated for his part in the murder of Thomas a Becket.

Eventually, the castle passed to the de Clifford family, and around 1688 the hall block was remodelled by Lady Anne de Clifford into a luxurious mansion. The interior of the keep today is largely her work.

About Appleby Castle
Address: Appleby-in-Westmorland, Lake District, Cumbria, England, CA16 6XH
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: In the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland
Website: Appleby Castle
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OS: NY686 197
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express


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