Millbeck Hall

Has been described as a Possible Pele Tower

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameMillbeck Hall
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishUnderskiddaw

Farmhouse and barn. Dated over rear entrance 1592. Roughcast walls, under graduated greenslate roof with brick chimney stacks. 2 storeys, 5 bays, with contemporary single-bay wing to left rear and 2-bay barn to right of higher roof line, forming overall L-shape. 2- and 3-light chamfered stone-mullioned windows and smaller firewindows on both floors to right. 2 windows are C20 casements in enlarged surrounds. Rear has replacement studded plank door in Tudor-style surround under shaped lintel, dated and inscribed QVORSUM M.W. VIVERE MORI, MORI VIVERE NICHOLAS WILLIAMSON (whither are we going, to live is to die, to die is to live eternally). 2-light chamfered stone-mullioned windows and similar windows in wing. Left plank door with ramp and steps to loft doorway. Barn has openings with plain reveals and doorways to side and rear. Thought to incorporate the remains of a C15 fortified tower with newel staircase in thickness of the wall, but this is hidden by roughcast. (Listed Building Report)

Millbeck Hall - two miles north of Keswick, has traces of a square tower or pele of the 15th cent. which includes the remains of a narrow newel stair in the thickness of a wall (in the south east Corner of the building). In Elizabethan times a range of buildings was added to the west side of the tower, and a long wing making an 'L' shaped plan. Over the main entrance which faces west, is a stone inscribed with the date 1592 (Taylor).

Millbeck Hall, at NY 25602608, has been modernised and is not outstanding. The date over the main entrance is correct but no vestige of the former pele tower is evidence in the external fabric (F1 RL 13-APR-66). (PastScape)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY255260
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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 19
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 88
  • Taylor, M.W., 1892, Old Manorial Halls of Westmorland and Cumberland (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 8) p. 320-3 online copy


  • Taylor, M.W., 1892, 'Manorial Halls in the Vale of Derwent' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 12 p. 148-52 online copy