Ancient Dalton in Furness:
Dalton was historically the capital of Furness and is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Daltune.
Dalton Castle is a 14th-century Pele tower, built on a hill, to assert the authority of the Abbot of Furness Abbey.
Today it’s almost enclosed with residential cottages.
Additionally, it was protection for nearby Furness Abbey.
Over the years it has been used as a courtroom and a gaol.
Furthermore, it was formerly the manorial courthouse of Furness Abbey.
The castle is open 2pm to 5pm on Saturday afternoon during spring and summer. Admission is free.
You can enjoy a walk around the historic buildings near the Market Place.
Look out for the unique cast-iron shop front at No51 Market Place.
Further up the hill, is an elegant drinking fountain with fluted columns supporting a domed top. It was installed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s jubilee in 1897. Nearby is the market cross and slabs of stone used for fish drying in the 19th-Century.
Dalton also boasts the home to the earliest recorded book club in the world established in 1764.
Another interesting fact is that the portrait artist, George Romney, was born at Beckside, Dalton-in Furness in 1734.
He died in Kendal in 1802 and is buried in the churchyard. His stone is marked simply ‘Pictor Celeberrimus’.