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Millom Castle, (not open to the public) was originally the home of the Huddleston family, who for many years had the power of life or death over those in their manor. King Edward III granted the family a licence to crenelate their manor house in 1335. The most obvious part of the building as you approach Millom from the Northeast is the tower, a later addition of the C16, and impressive in stature, some fifty feet square with walls seven feet thick. Millom Castle suffered in the Civil War. The Huddlestons being Catholic were on the side of King Charles I, and the Castle was badly damaged by the Roundheads. The Huddleston family continued their occupation into the C18 when they sold the Castle to the first Earl of Lonsdale.

Just behind the Castle is the delightful Holy Trinity Church, partly C12 and partly C19. It is of great interest with a wonderful "fish" window in the west wall. Inside can be found very fine effigies of Sir John Huddleston and his wife (died 1494) carved from alabaster.





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