Friday, 10 February 2017

Naworth Castle - Cumbria

It is likely that the castle was built somewhere around 1280. The first definite mention of the place was in 1323, and it was well established.

Thomas Dacre made a name for himself at the Battle of Flodden in 1513 and took possession of the castle. He immediately extended the castle, which was further enhanced in 1602. The castle remained in the family although the name morphed into Howard, and it became the seat of the Earl of Carlisle.

In 1844 there was a major fire and much of the castle was destroyed. Eventually it was decided to rebuild everything and that is when the walled garden was created. In 1939/40 the castle was used as a school. Currently the castle is owned by Philip Howard, who will eventually inherit the title of Earl of Carlisle.

The Naworth is popular as a venue for weddings, and it is also available for accommodation and private tours of no more than 15 people.



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