Penrith Castle, Cumbria

Penrith Castle, Cumbria

William Strickland, then the local Rector (later Bishop of Carlisle and Archbishop of Canterbury), got permission to build a castle at Penrith, Cumbria after Scots border raids, including the burning of Penrith in 1345.

He expanded an earlier pele tower, and as the castle grew it even was used by royalty - Richard, Duke of Gloucester used it before he ascended the throne as Richard III in 1483

Only the curtain wall and moat of the castle remains, but it is set in a very pleasant park in the town

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