Boltongate Rectory

Has been described as a Certain Pele Tower

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameBoltongate Rectory
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishBoltons

Vicarage, incorporating an early C15 vicar's pele. The pele was extended in the early C17 and again in 1889. Now a private house. (PastScape)

Traces of the corner staircase remain, and also one narrow slit-window. (PastScape ref. Pevsner 1967)

Any pele has been so well incorporated into the rectory that it is externally indistinguishable. The traces noted by Pevsner, however, and a vaulted cellar at the east end suggest that one formerly existed. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F1 RE 04-AUG-70).

Rectory, now private house. Probably early C15 with early C17 and 1889 extensions. Cement rendered walls, with red sandstone string course and raised quoins, on chamfered plinth. Graduated greenslate roof with coped gables and kneelers; rendered chimney stacks. Low 2-storey, single-bay fortified vicarage to left; high C19 projecting 2-storey, 2-bay extension in centre with lower 2-storey, 3-bay C17 range to right. Fortified vicarage has extremely thick walls. End doorway has rendered-over shouldered arch. Small ground floor slit vent and upper floor sash window to rear. Centre portion has top-glazed panelled door and sash windows under hoodmoulds. Right portion has C20 door and similar windows. Upper-floor central window is smaller and is probably original.

Interior: old part has barrel-vaulted lover chamber with blocked newel stair. Upper floor room has inside walls showing original steeply-pitched roof line. Central portion is wholly C19. Interior of right portion has Tudor-arched doorway from probable cross-passage. Inglenook with stone hood and heck partition. (Listed Building Report)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY229406
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  • Salter, Mike, 1998, The Castles and Tower Houses of Cumbria (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 96 (slight)
  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 6-7
  • Pettifer, A., 1995, English Castles, A guide by counties (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 48 (slight)
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1967, Buildings of England: Cumberland and Westmorland (Harmondsworth) p. 71