Hutton John

Has been described as a Certain Pele Tower

There are major building remains

NameHutton John
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishHutton

Fortified tower and wings with barn adjoining. Late C14 tower for the Hutton family with C16 and C17 additions; 1660, 1730, 1835 and 1867 alterations for the Hudleston family, the later alterations by George Ledwell Taylor. Tower has extremely thick walls of large blocks of dressed pink and calciferous sandstone, with string course under battlemented parapet and projecting spouts, on chamfered plinth; flat lead roof. Wings of mixed pink and calciferous sandstone rubble with string courses and flush quoins, under graduated greenslate roofs with coped gables and kneelers; banded red sandstone ashlar chimney stacks. Barn of similar rubble, under graduated greenslate roof. Rectangular tower of 2 storeys over vaulted basement with right 3-storey, 5-bay wing; the rear wing was 2 storeys, 4 bays, but altered to 3 storeys, 5 bays in C19; adjoining barn completes 3rd side of courtyard and possibly incorporates part of the C16 curtain wall. Tower has a number of medieval loops, some now internal, a blocked 2-light window and upper-floor sash windows with glazing bars in C18 stone surrounds. Projecting full-height signal turret, which probably had a beacon on top. Right wing has large off-centre 3-storey gabled porch/stair, with side Tudor-arched doorway, blocked 2-light windows under hoodmoulds, small heart-shaped windows and front C19 mullioned stair window. Facade has mixed fenestration on 3 levels of 3-light stone-mullioned windows, large mullioned-and-transomed windows and sash windows in stone surrounds. Right return wall has small heart-shaped windows and mullioned-and-transomed windows under gable inscription HOC SIGNO VINCES with cross and 1660 date. (Listed Building Report)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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