#188 Dacre Castle
Naworth
Cumbria, England
~1345 and 17th century
This is NOT an official Lego site

There has been a castle on this moated site since shortly after William de Dacre was granted a license to crenellate by King Edward II in 1307.  That castle was destroyed by the Scots in 1317, and nothing more is known about it. In 1321, William's son Ralph was summoned to London and created the 1st Baron Dacre.  He married the wealthy heiress, Margaret de Multon, 2nd Baroness Multon of Gilsland.  When Ralph died in 1339, Margaret undertook to build the current tower house on the same property to protect her family from possible further Scottish raids.  It is not known if the moat was created at this time or earlier [see bottom right].  A license to hold Mass at the castle was granted in 1354.
Despite being only 30 miles from the Scottish border, there is no evidence that Dacre Castle was ever attacked again by the Scots.  The other major Dacre homestead was Naworth Castle, 30 miles north and right on the border with Scotland.  The castle continued in the hands of the Dacre family until 1634, when, upon the death of Randal Dacre, it passed briefly to the Crown.  But in 1675 the castle was granted to Thomas Lennard, the 15th Baron Dacre and 1st Earl of Sussex, who did much of the restoration of the current structure
When Thomas Lennard died in 1715, the castle was sold to Edward Hassell.  While it remained in the Hassell family for many years, no significant upkeep or repairs were made.  The Buck engraving of 1739 [see below] depicts vegetation on the castle roof and ruined outbuildings, and the Gilpin drawing of 1786 depicts a roofless ruin.  The ruin was leased in 1961 to Anthony and Bunty Kinsman, who did a careful restoration, converting the old castle into a comfortable home.  For several decades it was a rental property, but is now apparently  a private home.

Note concerning the Floor Plans
I found multiple floor plans for the ground and first floors of Dacre Castle,
but none for the second floor (with the Great Hall) or turrets and battlements,
so the Second Floor Plan is entirely my own concoction, based on what should
be on that level and the current windows.
Engraving by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck Plan of the Ground Floor Plan of the First Floor Plan of the Second Floor

 

Photos of the Lego Model
Under Construction in March-April, 2024
Construction begins on
March 29 with the tower
laid out.
Scale for the project is 0.88,
or 1 stud = just over 10".
This is a smidge under
"minifig scale", but...
...it works wonderfully for
construction of the north and
south corner angle turrets.
Progress continues on
the Ground Floor.
As March 29 comes to a
close, the floor of the...
...first story is in place.
The back wall is to be
removable, so the kitchen
can be viewed.
Only the stair turret on
the upper right is not
actually filled with rubble.
On March 30 the kitchen
walls are defined.
The first floor contains three
sleeping areas, presumably
for the medieval staff.
I have left the basement openings
as arrowslits, rather than the
17th century windows.
The NE view.  More after
the Easter celebration
tomorrow.

...observation deck and
parapet area together.

In Progress #1
In Progress #2
In Progress #3
In Progress #3
...observation deck and
parapet area together.

In Progress #1
In Progress #2
In Progress #3

 

Photos of the Lego Model
Built March 29 -May 1, 2024
Southeast View
South View Southwest View West View
Northwest View
North View Northeast View East View

 

Build Your Own
If you decide you would like to construct a Lego model of this castle,
please contact me.  The elevations below are from the actual model,
but the plan is the way I should have built it.
Lego Top Down Plan
Southeast  [Front] Elevation
Northeast Elevation
Northwest Elevation
Southwest Elevation

Other Dacre Castle pages:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacre_Castle
https://www.lakesguides.co.uk/html/lgaz/lk03006.htm
https://www.visitcumbria.com/pen/dacre-castle/

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