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Helbeck Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hill Beck; Helsbeck; Hillbeck; Hillebeck; Hellbeck

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY79211578
Latitude 54.53678° Longitude -2.32280°

Helbeck Hall has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.

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


Hellbeck was the seat of the Helbeck family until 1314 when the last Helbeck married a Blenkinsop. It may contain the remains of a tower house. (PastScape–ref. Perriam and Robinson)

Hellbeck Hall, was situated on the slopes at the foot of the Pennine Range, a short distance to the N.E, from Brough. Of the old house there is hardly any portion left: it has been supplanted by an eighteenth century building. The de Hellebecks continued as lords here until the end of the reign of Edward II., when a daughter was left as heiress. By marriage, a Benkinsop from Northumberland was brought into Westmorland. The Blenkinsops continued as a family of note for fourteen generations at Hellbeck: some-times they served the shire in Parliament; they could bring on the field a force of 120 horse, and did good service against the Scots during the disturbances in the early part of the reign of Henry VIII. But evil times fell upon the Blenkinsops. They were Papists and Royalists, and suffered much from pains and penalties, and were ruined in the Civil War. (Taylor 1892)

The actual form of the medieval house is not known but is entirely likely to have had a fortified element most probably as a strong solar tower attached to a hall. The modern Hall is a centre for country pursuits and it is entirely probably the medieval house served a similar function as a hunting retreat.
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