Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

BOWES CASTLE


BOWES CASTLE
Photo Andrew Tivenan

Only the large 50 feet high square keep remains of the 12th century castle, built in about 1136 by the Earl of Richmond. It is sited in the corner of the first century Roman fort Lavatrae which was constructed on the highest point in the area to protect the road across the Pennines. It was badly damaged during a siege in 1322 by the Scots but was in use until the Civil War when it was ruined. It appears that the keep may never have been defended by a curtain wall, just a moat.

English Heritage, open.


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Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis

 

Directions
By the A66, 12 miles east of Brough
Bowes, Durham DL12 9LG

 



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