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Beetham Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Betham; Bytham; Bitham

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SD49957907
Latitude 54.20457° Longitude -2.76863°

Beetham Hall has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Fortified manor house, part ruined, built in the early or mid-C14 with a curtain wall. Probably partly destroyed in 1644 and rebuilt in C17 and C19. Now used as a barn. Adjoins a C17 house and various C19 outbuildings. (PastScape)

Curtain wall. Medieval. Rubble. Slight batter to outer face which has slightly-projecting parapet on corbels; inner face has 5 long vertical chases with 4 square smalller chases between them, which the RCHME suggests were probably for feet of struts to support a timber gallery behind the parapet. (Listed Building Report)

House; former Hall with crosswings, now barn, at right-angles to South, linked to house by waggon shed and shelter shed with granary over, in line with house; Chapel in extension to rear of Hall; waggon shed and barn attached to North of house. Former Hall medieval with later alterations; house has initials and date 1693 (or possibly 1653) for Thomas Brabin, on lintel of blocked door to right of TB entrance; later alterations; outbuildings mostly C19. Limestone rubble with limestone dressings; porch coursed squared limestone; graduated greenslate roof with stone ridges. Corrugated roof to waggon shed, shelter shed and granary. House: 2 storeys, 4 windows. Gabled off-centre porch with copings and kneelers and 3 ball finials, initials TMB on plaque on gable, oak board door. Blocked window with stone surround to right; to right of that casement inserted into blocked doorway with embattled moulding to inscribed lintel. Later paired windows to left of porch in dressed stone surround with chamfered cill and flat faced mullion. 2-light windows above,in stepped stone surrounds with chamfered mullions,have iron-framed casements to opening lights. 3 ridge chimneys, central one with 3 joined round shafts on square stack, right with single round shaft. Shelter shed: 4 round arches, right-hand one to passage narrower, all with voussoirs. Waggon shed: board doors under canopy with replaced covering and steps up to granary at right. Former Hall: extended to left (East) end with later openings but retains window with stone mullions and hoodmould and labels to pitching eye in remains of East wing. Traceried window with hoodmould and labels; 3 further traceried windows and door with 2-centred head to rear. Interior of house has oak staircase with closed string, turned balusters, moulded handrail and square newels with ball terminals; early C18 fireplace in front room; corbelled chimney base on former external wall in rear bedroom. Hall has projecting turret staircase and original piscina in chapel. (Listed Building Report)
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