Designation of Kirkoswald conservation area
The central area of Kirkoswald village was designated as a conservation area 16 December 1999.
A revised Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan (see below) was adopted on 16 June 2020.
Description of Kirkoswald
Kirkoswald lies in a landscape of lush agriculturally improved pastures enclosed by hedgerows and stone walls with areas of woodland. The village is enclosed to the north and east by the gently rolling foothills of the North Pennines. To the immediate south and west is the River Eden, a Special Area of Conservation. The small cobbled Market Square and cobbled roadside margins, combined with the natural hill up which the Main Street gently winds, give the village a striking character and appearance. Most of the buildings in the central area date from the 17th century onwards, predominantly 18th and 19th century and are made of red sandstone. The College in the south of the village is a late 15th century tower house and Grade I listed Building.