Drumburgh Castle

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Drumburgh Castle
Cumbria, England
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Drumburgh Castle today
Drumburgh Castle is located in Cumbria
Drumburgh Castle
Drumburgh Castle
Coordinates54°55′36″N 3°08′54″W / 54.9266°N 3.1484°W / 54.9266; -3.1484Coordinates: 54°55′36″N 3°08′54″W / 54.9266°N 3.1484°W / 54.9266; -3.1484
Grid referencegrid reference NY265597
TypePele tower
Site history
MaterialsRed sandstone

Drumburgh Castle is a medieval pele tower in the village of Drumburgh, in Cumbria, England.


A pele tower was originally built on this site, near the village of Burgh, by Robert le Brun in 1307, on the site of a former tower that had been part of Hadrian's Wall.[1] The construction used red sandstone masonry from the wall for its construction.[2] Thomas Dacre rebuilt the castle in 1518, producing what contemporaries described as "neither castle nor tower but a house of strength".[3] The house was altered again between 1678 and 1681 by John Alglionby, producing the current design.[4] The property today has a distinctive first floor doorway and staircase - a later addition to the castle - decorated with the Dacre coat of arms, and has parts of a Roman shrine incorporated into its stonework.[5]

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  1. ^ Drumburgh Castle, The Gatehouse website, accessed 19 April 2011; Pettifer, p.40.
  2. ^ Pettifer, p.40.
  3. ^ Pettifer, p.40.
  4. ^ Drumburgh Castle, The Gatehouse website, accessed 19 April 2011.
  5. ^ Richards and Clegg, p.177.


  • Pettifer, Adrian. (2002) English Castles: a Guide by Counties. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell Press. ISBN 978-0-85115-782-5.
  • Richards, Mark and Roger Clegg. (2008) The Spirit of Hadrian's Wall. Cicerone Press. ISBN 978-1-85284-558-2.