Rose Castle

Rose Castle, Cumbria
Photo © Douglas Gemmell, 15 November 2006

Rose Castle, Cumbria
Photo © John Holmes, 1 April 2006

Rose Castle, Raughton Head, Cumbria, home to the Bishop of Carlisle Since 1230. It is within the Parish of Dalston, Cumbria 1.5 miles from the Dalston itself. The Architects Anthony Salvin and Thomas Rickman were responsible for the alterations which took place in the 19th Century. The oldest part is the pele tower, Stricklands Tower, built in 1340.

The Castle is a gem in the landscape, and is of inmmense historical importance, it is listed Grade I* by English Heritage.


Rose Castle (so called from the sweetness of its situation) the seat of the bishops of Carlisle, was built at different times by the succesive bishops of that See, particularly Strickland, Kite and Bell, whose names the towers now standing still retain. King Edward the First, in the twenty-eighth year of his reign, in his expedition against the Scots, lodged here, and dated his writs for summoning a parliament to be held at Lincoln. It was fortified with strong walls, and a double ditch, which were kept in good order, till the civil wars, when it was burnt down in 1652: what escaped the fire, and was standing at the restoration, was somewhat repaired and made habitable by Dr. Stern, then bishop of this See: but its greatest benefactors were his two next successors, Dr. Rainbow, and Dr. Smith, who, at no small expence, added a chapel and two towers, and this, with the later improvements, have rendered it a decent and commodious palace.