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Cockermouth Castle f10

Cockermouth Castle f10

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42023

Item number: f10

Length: 17.6

Width: 27

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of part of Cockermouth Castle in Cumbria. This shows the outer gatehouse, which was built in the 14th century at the east side of the castle. The inner doorway has a round arch and above it there are 5 shields under a hooded mould. 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. During the 13th and 14th centuries many alterations were made to the castle and a large wing was added.

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