Cartmel Gatehouse

Cartmel Gatehouse

Cartmel Gatehouse:

Once the gatehouse to Cartmel Priory, this fortified tower was built around 1330-40, at a time of constant danger from across the border.

Its gates opened northwards and there was once a guardhouse to the east and a porter’s lodge to the west, from which food and other alms were given out to the poor.

When the priory was dissolved in 1536, the gatehouse was saved, probably because it also served as a courthouse.

Over the years, it has also housed  a prison and then a school.

Cartmel Gatehouse

Following restoration in 1922, the building was gifted to the National Trust.

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