Austhwaite Hall, Dalegarth

Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameAusthwaite Hall, Dalegarth
Alternative NamesDalegarthe
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishEskdale

Earthworks in the vicinity of Dalegarth Hall are considered to be an old tower which preceded the construction of the present building. This has been known as Austhwaite, but this may be the same as Dalegarth, the last male Austhwaite dying in 1345 and Dalegarth first being mentioned in 1437. The earthworks are indistinct and may alternatively represent bloomery spoil heaps. Excavation would determine the nature of the site. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The earthworks are probably recorded in Lake District HER as Dalegarth Hall bloomery. The Austhwaite family certainly seem to have had a house here in the C14 and earlier, although the form is not really known. However, they were a knightly family and some martial aspect to their house, particularly in this area, is not an unreasonable supposition. The site suggested in Perriam and Robinson is not unreasonable, but others have seen this as a bloomery site, so it may be that Dalegarth Hall is built on the site of the earlier Austhwaite Hall.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY169001
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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 113


  • Fair, M.C., 1929, 'Austhwaite and Dalegarth. A Note' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 29 p. 265-8 online copy