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Austhwaite Hall, Dalegarth

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Eskdale.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY170001
Latitude 54.38960° Longitude -3.27967°

Austhwaite Hall, Dalegarth has been described as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Earthworks in the vicinity of Dalegarth Hall are considered to be an old tower which preceded the construction of the present building. This has been known as Austhwaite, but this may be the same as Dalegarth, the last male Austhwaite dying in 1345 and Dalegarth first being mentioned in 1437. The earthworks are indistinct and may alternatively represent bloomery spoil heaps. Excavation would determine the nature of the site. (PastScape)

The earthworks are probably recorded in Lake District HER as Dalegarth Hall bloomery.
The Austhwaite family certainly seem to have had a house here in the C14 and earlier, although the form is not really known. However, they were a knightly family and some martial aspect to their house, particularly in this area, is not an unreasonable supposition. The site suggested in Perriam and Robinson is not unreasonable, but others have seen this as a bloomery site, so it may be that Dalegarth Hall is built on the site of the earlier Austhwaite Hall.
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