Dalton Castle; Dalton Tower Timeline


Dalton, Cumbria

Peel Tower


Scheduled Monument


79 –                        Possible site of a castellum of Agricola, with possible remains of the outer bank and ditch located on the eastern side of the churchyard.

1066 –                  Owned by Tostig, Earl of Northumbria.

1127 –                    Possibly mentioned in the Foundation Charter of Furness Abbey. King Stephen granted Furness Abbey the authority to hold court in the town – possibly in a building on the site of the Tower.

1272-1307 –        Court held in Dalton on the 13th October each year, possibly at the Tower.

1314-1346 –         Possible date of construction. Scottish raids in the area began.

1322 –                   Believed to have been built following a raid by the Scots, led by Robert the Bruce, on the site of a previous stronghold.

1327-77 –             Edward III granted Free Warren to the monks at Furness Abbey, including Dalton.

1399-1413 –        Henry IV: There was a goal in the Tower for debtors.

14th C –                Mid: Built following incursions from the Scots.

1538 –                  The Tower became the property of the Crown at the Dissolution.

1544 –                  A Commission ordered that the Tower be repaired.

1545-46 –            In ruins. Repairs carried out under orders of Henry VIII following the Dissolution.

1631 –                 The plague hit Dalton – 360 deaths were recorded.

c.1644 –              Parliamentary prisoners were held in the Tower following a skirmish near Newton.

1704 –                 The wooden floors were replaced. Extensive alterations carried out.

1774 –                Up until: Used as a prison.

1784 –                Alterations made to the windows.

18th C –             An external access was cut through the wall at the base of the staircase.

1803 –               Another fair was allowed at Dalton on 28th April for cattle and job seekers.

1807 –               The Chief Lords of the area were the Duke of Buccleuch and Lord Beaulieu.

1816 –               Alterations made to the windows.

1845 –               New staircase added.

1850-51 –         The two buildings against the outside wall were removed and replaced by a single building.

1856 –              Up until: The middle storey was used as a courthouse. Two buildings were leaning against the outside wall.

1856 –              Repaired. One half of the ground floor was converted into a stable. Alterations were made to the height of the rooms converting the building from 3 storeys to 2 storeys. All of the windows were built up. New slate rook installed. The doorway access to the stairs was blocked up.

1885 –              The building against the outside wall was used by the Dalton Local Board.

1896 –              The building against the outside wall was removed.

1907 –              New roof installed. Upper rooms used by the local Masons.

1925 –              Up until: The local Court Leet was held in the Tower. They were abolished this year by the Law of Property Act.

1958 –              Field Investigation.

1965 –              Handed to the National Trust.

1968-69 –         After the Tower was granted to the National Trust by the Duke of Buccleuch, the building was restored.

20th C –             Late: Used as a local Museum.

2002 –             Scheduled Monument Notification.



References & Bibliography

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Colvin. H. M. 1968. Castles and Government in Tudor England. The English Historical Review, Apr., 1968, Vol. 83, No. 327 (Apr., 1968), pp. 225- 234.

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Gaythorpe. H. 1910. ‘Dalton Castle’. Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, Vol. 10 p. 312-30

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Mackenzie, J.D. 1896. Castles of England; their story and structure. Macmillan.

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