Castlerigg, Derwentwater

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameCastlerigg, Derwentwater
Alternative NamesKastelrigg
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishSt Johns Castlerigg And Wythburn

Lost seat of Derwentwater family recorded as 'a capital messuage containing within the enclosure two acres.' mentioned in c 1225, 1303, 1317 and c. 1460 when materials were used to build on Lord's Isle. A reference of 1770 states that 'Castlerigg, the ancient seat of the lords of the manor of Derwentwater...the castle went into ruins and with the stones... the Ratcliffs built an house of pleasure on one of the islands of Derwentwater.' (Lord's Island (derived from Perriam and Robinson)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY282225
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  • Salter, Mike, 1998, The Castles and Tower Houses of Cumbria (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 97 (slight)
  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 9
  • Jackson, M.J.,1990, Castles of Cumbria (Carlisle: Carel Press) p. 53
  • Mackenzie, J.D., 1896, Castles of England; their story and structure (New York: Macmillan) Vol. 2 p. 302-3
  • Taylor, M.W., 1892, Old Manorial Halls of Westmorland and Cumberland (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 8) p. 319 online copy
  • Nicolson, J. and Burn, R., 1777, The History and Antiquities of the Counties of Westmorland and Cumberland Vol. 2 p. 80 online copy


  • Collingwood, W.G., 1904, 'The Home of the Derwentwater Family' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 4 p. 257-322 online copy