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Hawkshead Old Hall

In the civil parish of Hawkshead.
In the historic county of Lancashire.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Lancashire North of the Sands.

OS Map Grid Reference: SD34929878
Latitude 54.38034° Longitude -3.00347°

Hawkshead Old Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are major building remains.

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


Mainly of C17 date with medieval origins. It is constructed of roughcast stone with a slate roof. The hall was part of the Cistercian grange at Hawkshead, associated with Furness Abbey, and was originally attached by a south wing to Hawkshead Courthouse. Hawkshead Courthouse was also part of the monastic grange and dates to C13 with C15 remodelling. Altered and restored in 1848 and 1932. It is constructed of stone rubble with ashlar dressings under a slate roof. It was initially used as the 'sessions house' or place where the manorial courts were held; the abbey held the manor of Hawkshead for over three hundred years. It also served as the gatehouse to the grange. Following the dissolution of Furness Abbey in 1537 use of the courthouse as such still continued whilst the lower floors were used as a farm building. (PastScape)

House. Possibly C17 with medieval origins. Roughcast stone and slate roof with swept valleys. 2 storeys, east facade of 3 bays. 1st bay projects under gable; 2nd bay projects slightly under cat slide roof. 1st bay has inset beam to ground floor, above small recess with wooden door; 1st floor has small-paned casement and small return light. 2nd bay has wooden mullioned stair window of 3 lights with transom and leaded glazing. 3rd bay has 4-light wooden chamfered-mullioned window with intermediate bars to 1st floor over lean-to porch. Glazed doors to 1st and 3rd bays. 1st bay has cruciform cross-axial stack; gable end stack with round shaft. Right return has 2 sashed windows with glazing bars and horns to left of projecting chimney breast, entrance to right. Rear of 4 bays; windows have small-paned casements, but 4th bay has 5-light wooden chamfered-mullioned window with intermediate bars. Right return of 2 bays has dripcourses; sashed windows with glazing bars, those to ground floor with slated lintels, those to 1st floor with horns; gable-end stack with round shaft. Interior has stop-chamfered beams. Winding stair has turned balusters and square newels. The hall was part of the monastic grange of Hawkshead, associated with Furness Abbey, and was originally attached by a south wing to Hawskhead Courthouse. A corbel built into the wall of the porch is the original keystone from the courthouse, replaced by a replica. (Listed Building Report)

Owned by the National Trust and open to the pubic, via a keyholder.
In PastScape is recorded as being a scheduled monument in 1953 but appears now to be protected only by grade 2star listing.
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