Cockermouth Castle (grid reference ) is in the town of Cockermouth in Cumbria on a site by the junction of the Rivers Cocker and Derwent. It is a grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument (Cockermouth Castle: medieval enclosure castle and site of earlier motte and bailey castle).
The first castle on this site was built by the Normans in 1134. Some of the stone was sourced from the Roman site of Derventio (now Papcastle). Significant additions were made in the 13th and 14th centuries. The castle played a significant role in the Wars of the Roses, and in the Civil War, when it was badly damaged.
Conservation and public access
The castle is partly inhabited and is mainly in good condition, but some of the ruined structures are decaying, resulting in their inclusion on the Heritage at Risk Register.
- Grade I listed buildings in Cumbria
- Listed buildings in Cockermouth
- Castles in Great Britain and Ireland
- List of castles in England
- Historic England. "Ruins (1144724)". National Heritage List for England.
- Historic England. "Inhabited part (1144725)". National Heritage List for England.
- Heritage at Risk Register: Cockermouth+Castle
- Fry, Plantagenet Somerset, The David & Charles Book of Castles, David & Charles, 1980. ISBN 0-7153-7976-3