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Appleby-in-Westmoorland, Cumbria, England

Appleby Castle is located in the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria, The castle overlooks the River Eden. The castle grounds has a 12th century square keep known as Caesar's tower, and a mansion house and ancillary buildings in a courtyard surrounded by curtain walls. Caesar's tower is about 80 feet high with four storeys. The mansion house is L-shaped with two wings at right angles to each other. There is a semi-circular tower on the north wall of the north wing and a large square tower is at the southern end of the east wing. The gateway to the castle courtyard and two adjoining cottages are listed Grade I. The gateway has battlements and dates from around the 17th century. Both Caesar's tower and the mansion are Grade I listed buildings. Appleby Castle is a private residence and is not open to the public.

The keep known as Caesar's Tower was built about 1170. The castle was captured by the Scottish King, William the Lion, when his army invaded the Eden Valley in 1174. The English regained the castle and in 1203 it was granted to Richard de Vipont by King John. In 1269, ownership went to Roger de Clifford and it remained in the Clifford family for nearly 400 years. The eastern part of what is now the mansion house was built in 1454. In the 17th century, the castle passed to the Earls of Thanet. They converted the eastern block into a mansion house in 1686, and extended it by adding the north wing in 1695. The upper storeys of Caesar's tower were modified in the 17th and 18th centuries. A north lodge with battlements was added in the 19th century.

Other Castles in the Area
  Brough Castle, Cumbria
  Brougham Castle, Cumbria
  Pendragon Castle, Cumbria
  Penrith Castle, Cumbria

Penrith Castle
Appleby Castle. On top of a hill with views of the Pennines and Eden Valley since Norman times.

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Penrith Castle
Caesars Tower at Appleby Castle built it is thought on the site of a Roman tower.

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