Corby Gates

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

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameCorby Gates
Alternative NamesCorbrig-gate; Corbriggate
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishAlston Moor

At Corby Gates is a square building circa 6.5m by 6.5m with walls 1.0m thick, in the middle of a line of barns. It consists of large, uncoursed, rubblework. This may have been one of the 22 tenements and shielings held by Nicholas de Vipont at Nent and Corbrig in 1315. The Cumbria Sites and Monuments Record records it as a possible tower house incorporated in a later structure. There are no traces of Mediaeval occupation. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The early C14 post mortem inquisition shows the Corby Gates names existed at that time and may have been one or more holdings, although the use of the term shieling in the inquisition may suggest one seasonal occupation. It seems highly unlikely the remains date back to the C13. There is no suggestion of a Vipont residence here and the tenants were not of gentry status. In this area a square pele-house type bastle of C16/C17 date seems the most likely explanation.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY733471
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  • Salter, Mike, 1998, The Castles and Tower Houses of Cumbria (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 102 (slight)
  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 36
  • Hodgson, J., 1840, History of Northumberland (Newcastle) Part 2 Vol. 3 p. 30 online copy
  • Nicolson, J. and Burn, R., 1777, The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland Vol. 2 p. 439 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1906, Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward II Vol. 5 p. 280 no. 501 view online copy