Scaleby Castle, Cumbria

Location Carlisle
grid Ref NY 449625


Scaleby Castle
Scaleby Castle is a privately owned Grade I Listed Building and Scheduled Ancient Monument, situated on low-lying ground 8km NE of Carlisle. It has no natural defences and was surrounded by a double moat of which the outer, 12m wide and enclosing an area 125m in diameter, is complete. There are traces of the inner moat.


It was originally built in the C14, and altered and extended in C15, C16, C17 and C19. The tower in the north-east corner has the usual features of a pele tower, including a vault at ground level and spiral staircase. The hall attached to the pele is also tunnel vaulted – which is rare in England, though not in Scotland. The octagonal tower has partly collapsed, and leans, with parapets loose and dangerous. It is attached to listed and occupied parts of a range of castle buildings.


The south range, much of which is 1835-40, is the work of Thomas Rickman.


Aerial photo by Simon Ledingham.


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