Lowther Castle: Archaeologists bid for signs of Norman conquest

Archaeologists are hoping to uncover rare evidence of the Norman conquest of Cumbria. A dig will be carried out north of Lowther Castle, near Penrith, in the first excavation of the site.

They will explore the remains of what appears to be a medieval castle and village, with the goal of uncovering evidence of when it was built. “The site is incredibly interesting but we know very little about it,” said Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler, project lead.

The Normans took over the majority of England in 1066 but never made it as far as Cumbria, which was then an independent kingdom. The conquerors finally annexed the region in 1092 but even then their control of the area was sporadic.

Preliminary work suggests the site could date back to the late 11th or early 12th Centuries, when the empire was expanding.

If so, it would provide rare evidence of the conquest of Cumbria by King William Rufus (William II) and his brother King Henry I.

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