Johnby Hall

Has been described as a Possible Pele Tower

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameJohnby Hall
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishGreystoke

Probably late C14 with C15, C16 and C17 extensions and late C17, C18 and C19 alterations. Thick pink sandstone rubble walls, on chamfered plinth, under hipped graduated greenslate roof with banded sandstone ashlar chimney stacks. C14 3-storey rectangular tower to which has been added a smaller C15 3-storey rectangular tower, joined by a short passageway; C16 unifying refacing and 3-storey angle stair turret, gives a 3-storey 4-bay facade; at left a right-angled C17 2-storey, 4-bay kitchen wing, forming overall L-shape. The main feature of the facade is the projecting right full-height stair turret which has on its left return wall a stone door architrave under a shaped hood, which is carried up and around a large panel inscribed WILLIAM MUSGRAVE, ISABEL MATENDALE 1583, with further English lettering giving the family descent. Upper-floor front 2- and 3-light windows under hoodmoulds. Facade has off-centre door in C19 surround, replacing the left 1747 doorway, now a window. Various 2- and 3-light windows on 3 levels, some mullioned and transomed, one of 5 lights. The return walls and rear have irregular small medieval openings, some of them blocked and various 2- and 3-light windows, some in C19 surrounds. The kitchen wing has a central Tudor-arched doorway under a terracotta panel of a horseman. 2- and 4-light chamfered stone-mullioned windows and left pent extension. Right link with the main house has a Tudor-arched doorway, up stone steps, the lintel inscribed WM CM 1637 (William Musgrave and Catherine his wife). Interior of the main house has original features such as vaulted basements, newel staircases and stone arched fireplaces. (Listed Building Report)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY434327
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