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Kirfit Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Kerfitt Hall, Kirfitt Hall

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SD617794
Latitude 54.20906° Longitude -2.58771°

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

There are major building remains.

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


Kirfit Hall (Plate 16), near the right bank of the river Lune and 350 yards S.W. of Mill Gill, is of two storeys with attics; the walls are of rubble and the roofs are slate-covered. It was built probably early in the 17th century on an L-shaped plan with the wings extending towards the E. and S. The staircase-tower on the W. was added late in the 17th century. The S.E. wing is an 18th-century addition. The original S. wing retains most of its stone windows; they are generally of two lights with transoms. The tower is carried up four storeys and finished with a low pyramidal roof; the windows are generally similar to those in the S. wing. The original E. wing retains some old windows. Inside the building are one or more original partitions of the muntin and plank type. The early to mid 17th-century staircase in the E. wing has heavy turned balusters. The late 17th-century staircase in the tower is of similar but slighter character, with square newels finished with moulded cappings. There are a number of original battened doors.
On the N. and W. sides of the house is a dry ditch with an inner revetment of rubble.
Condition—Good, except the tower and part of the S. wing, which are nearly derelict. (RCHME 1936)

Suggestion that stairtower of early C17 Grade 2 listed hall may be earlier. Stairtower is distinctive and of the right size and form to be pele tower, although this may be a deliberate design feature to invoke an earlier origin to the building.
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