Walton Castlesteads

Has been described as a Rejected Masonry Castle

There are earthwork remains

NameWalton Castlesteads
Alternative NamesCastle Steed
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishWalton

Huthchinson says (vol. i. p. 102) that the ancient mansion-house of Gilsland was at a place in the parish of Walton called Castle Steed, and that Gilbert Bueth dwelt here; also that the lords of Gilsland used its ruins for building Naworth Castle. But the fact is, that there is no evidence for the existence of any castle or tower here at any time: there seems to have been nothing but a Roman camp, the ramparts and ditches of which are still very apparent, and from this site many altars and Roman remains have been dug. (Mackenzie)

Hutchinson is actually quoting from a manuscript of the C17 writer Denton. It is Hutchinson that dismissed this as the site of a medieval castle. The medieval history given by Denton relates to Irthington Castle

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Old Cumbria Gazetteer

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY512635
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  • Mackenzie, J.D., 1896, Castles of England; their story and structure (New York: Macmillan) Vol. 2 p. 303 online copy
  • Hutchinson, Wm., 1794, The history of the county of Cumberland Vol. 1 p. 102-19 online copy


  • Ferguson, R.S. (ed.), 1887, An Accompt of the most considerable Estates and Families in the county of Cumberland, from the conquest unto the beginning of the reign of K. James {the first} by John Denton, of Cardew (Kendal: Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Tract Series 2) p. 138-39 online copy