Coupland Bridge 2

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameCoupland Bridge 2
Alternative NamesCopeland
Historic CountryWestmorland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishWarcop

Square depression with a possible cross-wall at Coupland Bridge, of uncertain date or function. Possibly a ringwork. (PastScape)

Earthwork, marked site of Fort on O.S., on the N. side of the main road at Coupland on the W. end of the parish, lies at the N.E. end of a slight ridge. The only remains are faint traces of a sinking about 87 ft. square and possibly of a cross-wall. (RCHME 1936)

Gatehouse Comments

There is confusion in some references between this site and Coupland Bridge 1. Fore instance Perriam and Robinson give the map reference NY712189 but their prime source (Machell) and other part of their description almost certainly refers to the site at NY709189. The location at a point where the Roman road crosses the Coupland Beck might be that of a toll point. The modern Beck is hardly a barrier but the medieval Beck may well have been larger and will have had a surrounding area of boggy land making it a more considerable barrier, particularly for wheeled vehicles and driven livestock.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY711188
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Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved
Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved

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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 269
  • Salter, Mike, 1998, The Castles and Tower Houses of Cumbria (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 97 (slight)
  • Jackson, M.J.,1990, Castles of Cumbria (Carlisle: Carel Press) p. 50
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 495 (possible)
  • RCHME, 1936, An inventory of the historical monuments in Westmorland (HMSO) p. 240 No. 12 online transcription


  • Ewbank, J.M. (ed), 1963, Antiquary on Horseback: The first publication of the collections of the Rev. Thos. Machell (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 19)