Croglin Vicarage

Has been described as a Certain Pele Tower

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameCroglin Vicarage
Alternative NamesKirkcroglin; Rectory Farm; The Old Pele
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishAinstable

Probably early C15 tower house, with late C15 or early C16 hall range, altered in late C17 and late C18, with early C19 barns and rear extensions of 1879. Large blocks of coursed red sandstone to tower and hall, with extensions of hammer dressed red sandstone; Welsh and green slate roofs, stone chimney stacks. Tower of 2 storeys (probably originally 3 storeys), single bay, to right, has walls over 1m thick, roof now gabled. Interior has ground floor vaulted chamber with newel stair, now filled, in north-east angle; entrance from hall is probably C15, later fireplace in rear wall. Upper chamber has remains of stone dividing wall, probably C16, with fireplace in rear and side walls; probable garderobe outlet behind side fireplace; filled window covered by hall wall, suggests hall is of later build than tower. Hall range to left of 2 storeys, 3 bays, has similar stonework to tower, with walls 1m thick, rear wall now internal. Probably the most complete fortified vicarage in the area. (Listed Building Report)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY575472
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