Castle Carrock Stonehouse Farm

Has been described as a Possible Pele Tower, and also as a Possible Bastle

There are no visible remains

NameCastle Carrock Stonehouse Farm
Alternative NamesMansion House
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishCastle Carrock

According to Curwen there was a yard wall at Castle Carrock which contained the remains of an old pele. A photograph shows a two-storeyed, massively-built, thatched building on the east side of the road to Brampton, opposite Castle Carrock House, and stones from it have been used to build a garden wall there. (PastScape at NY543554 ref. Perriam and Robinson)

Gatehouse Comments

Stonehouse Farm, at given map reference, is recorded in the Cumbria HER (10674) as a possible 'pele tower' on circumstantial (name) evidence. This maybe the building referred to in the 'Survey of Gilsland 1589' as Mansion House. There is some confusion between this possible pele and the possible castle in King. Did Curwen mean pele tower or pele-house - i.e bastle? The description of a two storey building may suggest the later. The original manor house was east of the parish church. This supposed pele would be north west of the church and but may be a later replacement to the manor house. Equally it could be a vicars pele or, most probably in the opinion of Gatehouse a bastle of a lesser status tenant.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY542557
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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 141
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 92
  • Curwen, J.F., 1913, Castles and Fortified Towers of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire North of the Sands (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 13) p. 411


  • Collingwood, W.G., 1923, 'An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Cumberland' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 23 p. 217 online copy