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Whittington Hall

In the civil parish of Whittington.
In the historic county of Lancashire.
Modern Authority of Lancashire.
1974 county of Lancashire.
Medieval County of Lancashire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SD59637625
Latitude 54.18044° Longitude -2.62002°

Whittington Hall has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

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


Whittington Hall, a three-storeyed stone building of 1831 with two projecting wings. A pele tower rises above the roofs, with octagonal turret, perhaps partly original. (Medieval?). Grade 2 (Listed Building Report 1961).
Country house, built 1831-36 in Jacobethan style, possibly incorporating masonry from an earlier building. Built of sandstone rubble with slate roofs. There are raised terraces to the south and east of the house. On the south side, the retaining wall contains a carriage entrance, leading to the house at cellar level. Grade 2star (Listed Building Report1985). (PastScape)

Whittington Hall, but not the manor, and other portions were sold to purchasers whose representatives in 1830 sold to Thomas Greene, M.P. for Lancaster, and his grandson Mr. Henry Dawson Greene is now the owner. The present hall was built in 1831 in the Gothic style on the site of a much older house, which had long been used as a farm-house. The building is stated to incorporate part of an ancient peel tower; there are extensive grounds around it. (VCH)

Was this possible pele tower missed by the usual castle authorities (i.e. David Cathcart King) or was it dismissed as an invention of the building to aggrandise the gothic building with ancient history? The VCH is usually most careful and their mention of the a pele tower is certainly circumspect. Tenurially there is no reason why their shouldn't have been a medieval house here, with a crenellated tower, a successor to Whittington Motte.
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