Rosgill Shap

Has been described as a Possible Pele Tower

There are no visible remains

NameRosgill Shap
Alternative NamesRossgill
Historic CountryWestmorland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishShap Rural

Rosgill Hall, house and outbuilding 250 yards E.S.E. of the bridge. The House is modern but contains two panels of 16th or 17th-century heraldic glass with variations of the arms of Salkeld. The Outbuilding is probably of late 16th-century date and has a large chimney-projection at the S.W. end. There is also a doorway with a four-centred head and a lintel with the initials and date R. and E.H. 1707. (RCHME 1936)

Site of Rosgill Hall. According to Hodgson "the remains of the circular staircase of a strong tower, discovered about 20 years since, the ruins of the domestic chapel, and extensive foundations prove its former importance." The present Rosgill Hall is modern but contains two panels of C16/17 heraldic glass with variations of the arms of Salkeld. An outbuilding is probably of late C16 date and has a large chimney projection at the SW end. There is also a doorway with a four-centred head and a lintel with the initials and date R and EH 1707 (OS Index). There is no mention by the OS inspector of the ruins as described by Hodgson. (Lake District HER)

The remains of a newel staircase of a strong tower were discovered about 1811, along with the remains of a domestic chapel and extensive foundations. Presumably a pele tower (PastScape ref. Perriam and Robinson)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY536164
Latitude54.5410003662109
Longitude-2.71776008605957
Eastings353660
Northings516420
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Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved
Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved

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Books

  • Salter, Mike, 1998, The Castles and Tower Houses of Cumbria (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 99 (slight)
  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 304
  • RCHME, 1936, An inventory of the historical monuments in Westmorland (HMSO) p. 209 no. 24 online transcription
  • Taylor, M.W., 1892, Old Manorial Halls of Westmorland and Cumberland (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 8) p. 117 online copy
  • (Hodgson), 1814, The Beauties of England and Wales (London: Longman and co.) Vol. 15.2 p. 140-41 online copy
  • Hodgson, J., 1810, Topographical and Historical Description of Westmoreland p. 140-1 online copy