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Wythop Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Wythehope in Derwentefelles; Widehope; Widehop; Weydrup; weydup

In the civil parish of Wythop.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY203284
Latitude 54.64439° Longitude -3.23655°

Wythop Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

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


Hugh Lowther received a licence to crenellate, on 12 July 1318, for his 'house at Wythehope'. It was ruinous in 1671 and entirely replaced by the present Wythop Hall in 1678, there being no trace of earlier work in the present building. (derived from PastScape–ref. Perriam and Robinson)

Reported site of moat. ~ According to L Cantor, Hugh de Louthre had a park at Wythop as early as 1367. Exact location unknown. (Lake District National Park HER)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1318 July 12 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Shown as having a enclosed park in Saxton's map of 1576. Described as an 'ancient hall house' (Sandford c. 1675) suggesting not a tower house as perhaps more usual in Cumberland. The C17 Hall is in the form of building around a courtyard and it may be possible the C14 house had a similar footprint. The suggestion of a moat would be unusual in this area and topographically difficult although not an unusual form for licensed houses.
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