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Hartsop Hall

In the civil parish of Patterdale.
In the historic county of Westmorland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Westmorland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY39851202
Latitude 54.50002° Longitude -2.93031°

Hartsop Hall has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are masonry footings remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


A typical larger Lakeland farmhouse in a typically magnificent setting. The main part of the house was built in the 16th century, a west wing was added in the 17th century and a south wing was added in the 18th century. It is made from stone and slate rubble and has a flag roof. It possibly originated as a tower house based on the vaulted cellar and newel. (PastScape)

Hartsop Hall, about 2 m. S. of the church, was built probably in the 16th century and has a 17th-century extension on the W. and an 18th-century wing on the S. The N. and S. walls retain original windows with rounded heads to the lights; one window in the S. wall has a moulded label; a doorway in the S. wall, now opening into the wing, has a four-centred head. Inside the building are some original moulded ceiling-beams. The 17th-century staircase has turned balusters and square newels with moulded terminals. Part of the original king-post roof remains. (RCHME 1936)

Farm Buildings attached to Hartsop Hall. I 2. Typical larger Lakeland farmhouse in typically magnificent setting. Original C16 house faced north to Brothers Water, a west wing added C17, and a south wing in C18. All stone and slate rubble with flag roof, 2 storeys. Entrance front faces south and farmyard, and has 16-paned sashes, and an entrance under a catslide roof extending from the barn which is open and rests on 2 round piers, forming a porch/cartshed. The south end of the south wing is on a lower level but has same roof, 4 sashes. The rear of the older wing has a large stepped chimney, and a 3-light window on each floor - each light round-headed with stone mullions, and the walls are of cearser rubble with more mortar. The north front is white-washed and partly cemented, with steep roof, stone doorway with moulded lintel, 3 windows on ground floor and 4 above, of one, two and three lights, all lights round-headed. Interior said to have C16 moulded beams and part of king-post roof, and C17 staircase. (Listed Building Report)

The suggestion that this may have been a pele tower originally comes from Perriam and Robinson but no other author seems to think this and the date of the house seems a bit late for such a suggestion.
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