Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Questionable Pele Tower
There are no visible remains
|Civil Parish||Knaresdale with Kirkhaugh
Grade 2-star listed C17 Hall stands on the site of a tower used by the forester of Knarsdale Forest. The hall stands on a medieval site, a steep-sided mound which was probably fortified, a seat of the Pratt family who forfeited it to the Crown in the reign of Edward I. It later passed to the Swinburns. (Keys to the Past)
Manor House. C17 block, now partly farm building, extended to north by an addition with a contemporary outshut in later C17. Rubble with stone dressings; roof partly stone slate and partly C20 tile. 2 tall storeys 5 + 2 bays. Original block has inserted boarded door with alternating tooled and margined jambs in 2nd bay, and inserted pitching door over. Extension has renewed door in eared architrave at left of 1st bay. 2-light chamfered mullioned windows with moulded dripstones, ground floor window in 3rd bay having lost its mullion. Stone stacks on ridge and right gable. Right return has small blocked attic window in chamfered surround and, set back to right, the end of the outshut with C18 flat-faced 2-light mullioned window and later Cl9 sash above. Rear elevation; outshut I½ storeys; boarded door with alternating tooled and margined jambs, flat-faced 2-light mullioned window to right, 2-light chamfered mullioned window over. Wall of original block has 2-light chamfered mullioned window and small window with chamfered surround. Brick lean-to not of interest. Interior of house much altered. The hall stands on a medieval site, a steep-sided mound which was probably fortified, a seat of the Pratt family who forfeited it to the Crown in the reign of Edward I. It later passed to the Swinburns. (Listed Building Report)
17th C. Knarsdale Hall lay for a long time in a ruinous and neglected condition, but some years ago it was made habitable
Around it are signs of what some think was a moat, whilst others see the remains of ancient fish ponds (Tomlinson 1902).
No remains of a moat or fish-ponds are apparent (F1 ECW 15-NOV-66).
A strong tower was built at Knarsdale in the late 12th century, the present hall standing on its site (Dodds 1999). (PastScape)
This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law
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|OS Map Grid Reference||NY679546