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Cunswick Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Camswik; Coneswic; Coningeswyk

In the civil parish of Underbarrow And Bradleyfield.
In the historic county of Westmorland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Westmorland.

OS Map Grid Reference: SD48569334
Latitude 54.33112° Longitude -2.79261°

Cunswick Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House, and also as a probable Pele Tower.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


C19 house, incorporating some C16 fabric. Two storeyed and built of stone rubble with a slate roof. Stands on the site of an earlier building, possibly a pele tower which is recorded as having been demolished circa 1582. Only a strong gate remains of the earlier building. (PastScape)

Cunswick Hall, house, gatehouse and outbuilding, 1 m. E.N.E. of the church. The House, which belonged to the Leyburne family, has been entirely re-built except for a portion of walling on the N. of the W. wing. This is of rubble and perhaps of early 16th-century date; it contains a stone window of two slightly pointed lights in a square head.
The Gatehouse, S. of the house, is a rubble building of two storeys. It is of 15th or early 16th-century date, but the two arches of the actual gateway have been re-built. Above the N. arch is a re-set stone with the Tudor royal arms, crown and garter. The upper storey has some skewed loop-lights and a semi-circular recess with a drain. The roof incorporates some old timbers. The square rubble building, E. of the gatehouse, was possibly a pigeon-house; the top has been reconstructed. It is of uncertain date.
Condition—Good. (RCHME 1936)

Gatehouse. Probably early C16, arches apparently rebuilt. Limestone walls and voussoirs; greenslate roof with stone ridges. Tudor arms with crown and garter above North Arch. Interior has curved tie-beams and remains of stair or possibly garderobe in thickness of wall. (Listed Building Report)

Shown as a tower, in a fenced park, on Saxton's map of 1576.
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