Hayton Castle, Cumberland

Has been described as a Certain Tower House

There are major building remains

NameHayton Castle, Cumberland
Alternative NamesAspatria; Haton; Hatton
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishHayton And Mealo

Castle now house. C14 or C15 tower, with C16 and C17 additions for the Musgrave family. Large blocks of dressed red sandstone, with stone parapet, on chamfered plinth. Graduated greenslate roof with sandstone chimney stacks. 2 storeys with attic, 8 bays of double span. Core of tower to rear with flanking C16 extensions in an L-shape; the angle of the L infilled in C17 to form large rectangular building. C19 top-glazed panelled door in late C17 bolection architrave under segmental pediment containing carved heads and urn with shaped finials. Left bays have C16 double-chamfered cross-mullioned windows with glazing bars under hoodmoulds, and smaller 3-light attic windows. Right bays have sash windows in late C17 architraves. Left return has plank door within C20 wooden porch, this and the windows in C16 surrounds under hoodmoulds; some windows have cross mullions and glazing bars. Right return has sash windows in late C17 architraves. Rear of 4 gables,the oldest part supported by 2 large wedge-shaped buttresses. C15-C17 windows at different levels, some under hoodmoulds. Coat-of-arms on left side wall and internal armorial panel on stairs dated 1609 and both to Musgrave family. Thick internal walls containing many medieval and C16 features fully described and planned Martindale, 1913. (Listed Building Report)

Hayton Castle is 15th cent. largely rebuilt c.1665 repaired 1719. There was formerly a chapel of ease adjacent to the castle which continued in use to the beginning of the present Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY109417
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  • Martindale, J.H., 1913, 'Hayton Castle, Aspatria' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 13 p. 234-43 (plan) online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1901, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III (1476-85) p. 545-6 online copy