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Reagill Grange

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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: NY60761699
Latitude 54.54667° Longitude -2.60790°

Reagill Grange has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a Fortified Ecclesiastical site although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Reagill Grange (Plate 20), over 1 m. N.N.W. of the church, is of two storeys; the walls are of rubble and the roofs are slate-covered. It appears to have belonged to the families of Wharton and Daws. The main block was built late in the 16th century and the N. wing was added in 1700. The house retains many of its original windows with moulded labels, but some of them have lost their mullions. On the S. front is a two-storeyed porch with an original doorway having a triangular arch in a square head and fitted with a nail-studded door. At the back is a gabled projection enclosing a newel staircase. The windows of the N. wing have been mostly altered; there is a re-set door-head with the initials and date T. and E.D. 1700, and a window with a re-set pointed head. The chimneystacks of the main block have cylindrical shafts. Inside the building are some original stone doorways and above a fireplace on the first floor is a panel with the modern date 1652.
There is said to have been a chapel about 70 yards N.E. of the house, but the site is overgrown and there are now no visible traces of walls or foundations.
Condition—Good. (RCHME 1936)

Possible fortified manorial hall. Mainly C17 construction and wall not particularly thick, may be based on fortified monastic grange. Although listed as a fortified house by Perriam and Robinson it seems unlikely there were anything fortified about the post dissolution building other than the slightest domestic security. The destroyed grange was slight enough to be pretty fully destroyed and this suggests this was also not particularly fortified.
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