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Maulds Meaburn Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Meaburn Hall; Medburn; Maudesmeburn

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY62401707
Latitude 54.54735° Longitude -2.58258°

Maulds Meaburn Hall has been described as a probable Tower House.

There are no visible remains.

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


Site of medieval hall house, fortified house and tower house, demolished in 1610 and replaced by the present hall house. (PastScape)
The south wing of the present house contains foundations of the old tower which was demolished in 1610. (PastScape–ref. Perriam and Robinson)

Maulds Meaburn Hall, nearly 1 m. N. of the church, is partly of two and partly of three storeys; the walls are of rubble and the roofs are slate-covered. The property belonged to the Vernon family in the later middle ages and passed from them to Sir John Lowther in 1602. It ceased to be a residence of that family c. 1750. The main block of the house seems to have been re-built late in the 16th century, but may incorporate earlier walls. The S. wing was dated 1610 and appears to have been altered in 1676 when the staircase-wing was added. The buildings at the N. end of the main block were added late in the 17th and during the 18th century. The S. part of the main block was pulled down after 1750 and re-built, of one storey only, in the 19th century. (RCHME 1936)

The house was strong enough, in 1286, to resist a number of local people trying to arrest a murderer, although how determined an assault made by unarmoured people against a group of armed men would be, regardless of the nature of the building, is an open question (see Ragg 1911 p. 326-).
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