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Cockermouth Castle, Cumberland 18.b

Cockermouth Castle, Cumberland 18.b

Artist: [Wilkinson, J.]

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1750

Shelfmark: K.Top. X

Item number: 18.b

Length: 35

Width: 25

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Sketch of Cockermouth Castle in Cumbria, Northern England. Cockermouth is situated on the northern edge of the Lake District and is the birthplace of William Wordsworth. It is thought that the original castle was built here by the Normans in the 12th century, possibly ordered by William de Fortibus. It is situated on a promontory at the confluence of the Rivers Cocker and Derwent and is surrounded by a wide moat and a large ditch. During the 13th and 14th centuries many alterations were made to the castle and a large wing was added. The castle fell to ruin after the Reformation of the 17th century.

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