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Pictures of Piel Castle

a Castle in the town of Barrow in Furness, in the county of Cumbria

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About Piel Castle

The last foreign invasion of England took place in 1486 when Irish and Flemish supporters of Lambert Simnel landed at Piel in a desperate bid to seize the crown from Henry VII. Lambert Simnel, who was impersonating the imprisoned Earl of Warwick, was captured and given a menial job working as a servant in the Royal household.

Barrow Harbour was important, the gap between the mainland and the southern end of the Isle of Walney, Piel Island, was ideally suited as a place to build a defensive fortress. A castle had been built there as early as the 12th-century after King Stephen had granted the island to the monks of Furness Abbey who were in need of a place of safety sufficiently strong enough to keep out border raiders. The monks also built a warehouse for the merchandise traded from the abbey, wine, wool and food. Parts of the ruined
warehouse can still be seen.

Early in the 14th-century, by the gracious permission of Edward III, Furness Abbey held a license to crenelate the tower. A new Motte and Bailey castle was built with a three storey keep. It is the romantic ruins of this later castle that we see today.

The island of Piel is a lonely, remote place with a haunted atmosphere which speaks of its turbulent, historic past. It has been a place for sanctuary for monks, Kings and smugglers! Such is the variance of history. William Wordsworth visited in 1805, after a stay of four weeks he wrote evocatively of the island - as 'a rugged pile' 'thy form sleeping on a glassy sea' these words perfectly depict this beautiful swirl of land, thrusting above a silver sea, spread by the ruins of a castle, lost in the long ago mists of time.

Today visitors can enjoy exploring the castle ruins, take a drink at the ancient Ship Inn and admire the few 18th-century cottages straggled around the island. Piel makes a memorable, evocative visit - one that is not to be missed.

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