kids encyclopedia robot

Castle Howe facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Castle Howe
Kendal, Cumbria, England
Castle Howe, Kendal - - 167456.jpg
The motte of Castle How
Castle Howe is located in South Lakeland
Castle Howe
Castle Howe
Castle Howe is located in Cumbria
Castle Howe
Castle Howe
Coordinates 54°19′26″N 2°45′06″W / 54.3239°N 2.7518°W / 54.3239; -2.7518
Type Motte and bailey

Castle Howe is a motte and bailey castle in the town of Kendal, England.


Castle Howe, 1611
John Speed's depiction of Castle Howe in 1611, with the motte (l) and bailey (r)

Castle Howe was built after the Norman conquest of England, either in 1087 by the Norman nobleman Ivo Taillebois, or by the nobleman Ketel some time after 1100. The castle was designed as a motte and bailey fortification, with a circular motte 11 m high and 48 m wide at the base, and a curved bailey hugging the ridge alongside it.

The castle was abandoned in the 12th century, either by one Gilbert, or by William de Lancaster. The bailey was later destroyed when the area was turned into a park. The remaining earthworks are maintained South Lakeland District Council, with information boards placed at the foot of the motte.

kids search engine
Castle Howe Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.