|Colin says: Contrary to popular belief - this ruin was a fortified warehouse rather than a castle, and was used by the monks of Furness Abbey to house their imports/exports secure from theft by Barrovians aand other vagabonds. |
says: Not strictly correct. It WAS built as a castle (it needed a "licence to crenellate" from the king to build it in the first place) but it was only ever used as a fortified warehouse. It was, however, to protect against marauding Scots, and was built in the same era as Dalton Castle and other "Pele" towers, which were all built for the same purpose.