Pendragon Castle by Tom Gomez

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An English Heritage Grade I Listed Structure

Commanding an impressive view over the Eden Valley in Cumbria, England, stand the remains of Pendragon Castle, thought to be constructed during the reign of William II in the twelfth century by Ranulph de Meschines, Although the keep dates to Norman times, the Garderobe Turret (toilet) dates from the fourteenth century.

Legend suggests that a much earlier Pendragon Castle on this site belonged to Uther Pendragon, father of the legendary King Arthur.

No archaeological evidence has been found to suggest Dark Age settlement, although a couple of Roman coins have been discovered on the site.

The castle is now a ruin with evidence of the spiral staircase to the left of the doorway and other rooms off to the right. Most of the first floor has collapsed showing only traces of where the floor would have been with a few windows and doorways. The 14th century garderobe still stands.

Over it’s lifetime, the Castle has had many famous and infamous owners, one being Hugh de Morville, one of the knights responsible for the murder of St. Thomas A’Beckett at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.

Robert de Veteripont became the next owner and then Lady Ideona de Veteripont who also founded the nearby church of St. Mary at Outhgill. A later inheritance saw the castle passed on to Robert de Leyburn before becoming the property of the wealthy Robert de Clifford, who acquired a licence to crenelate the castle (supply with battlements) in 1309. When he was killed at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 the castle passed to his son, Roger.

In 1341 the castle was destroyed by a raiding Scottish army but was rebuilt in 1360. Disaster struck again in 1541, when fire left Pendragon Castle in ruins. It was not until the mid seventeenth century that the castle was restored to it’s former glory by Lady Anne Clifford. Following Lady Anne’s death in 1676, the Earl of Thanet, removed anything of value, including the lead from the roof and again left the castle to the ravages of nature.

Some recent work has been carried out to prop up some of the structure and to install a set of wooden steps to lead to what is left of the first level.

If you visit this site, please be aware that it is on private land and that animals are grazing around the castle.

Pendragon Castle is an English Heritage Grade I Listed structure (Number: 1144890).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Featured in : Architecture – The British Isles : 26 Jun 10
Featured in : Favourite PLACES You Take,Make or Paint : 27 Jun 10
Featured in : 1’st Knight : 21 Jul 11
Featured in : All That’s Archaeology : 8 May 12

Related shots can be found at: Cumbria, England or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • Jemma Ryan
    Jemma Ryanalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot…I love the colours and angle. Very interesting to read the history behind it too :)

  • Thank you, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesalmost 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful, even in ruins! I can’t even imagine how glorious it once was. Thanks so much for the wonderful history. It turns the imagination loose.

  • Thank you Judith, it is amazing to think it was built almost 900 years ago …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Well framed and captured Tom!
    Sad to see it in ruins, but I guess by now restoration and upkeep would be way too expensive. Fascinating history as always, thank you :)

  • Thank you kindly dear Trish …

    – Tom Gomez

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful history and such a great shot – I really would like to see this

  • Thank you so much Mik …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful image, Tom!
    In your country there are so many of this beautiful historic places….!!

  • Thank you my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Smith
    David Smithalmost 5 years ago

    Good find Tom with your usual expert history,but it is very sad to see these buildings left to nature. Regards Dave.

  • Thank you Dave, unfotyunately, there is not much left of this once grand castle …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 5 years ago

    Nice one Tom

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Cheers Bob …

    – Tom Gomez

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning shot of this castle Tom, superb!

  • Cheers Gary …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent capture, Tom!

  • Thank you Barbara, much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 5 years ago

    great capture

  • Cheers Sean …

    – Tom Gomez

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