Haltcliffe Hall

Has been described as a Questionable Uncertain

There are no visible remains

NameHaltcliffe Hall
Alternative NamesHaltcliff
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishCaldbeck

Supposed stronghold.

G.T. Clark, when discussing 'Medieval defences of the English border' stated 'of lesser strongholds were... Haltcliffe'. He gave no reference for this assumption.

Bewley showed that Thomas Bewley bought from John Salkeld of Threapland in 1641, 'a freehold house and lands of Haltcliffe' which he then rebuilt.

Listed Building Report shows that the house is of 1653 and no reason to consider it as fortified. Why did Clark consider it so? (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Farmhouse. Datestone inscribed T.D.B. BUILT THE HALL 1653 (Thomas & Dorothy Bewley) now removed; further inscription over window G.B. E.B. 1687 (George & Elizabeth Bewley) and over entrance G.B. E.B. 1690, now covered; with C19 alterations...

On the site of an earlier building which was purchased by Thomas Bewley in 1641. (Listed Building Report)

Gatehouse Comments

It is not entirely clear Clarke was referring to Haltcliffe Hall although it seems probable. What was the form of the freehold house demolished by Bewley in the 1640s?

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 204
  • Bewley, E.T., 1902, The Bewleys of Cumberland p. 40-1 online copy


  • Clark, G.T., 1882, 'On the Mediaeval Defences of the English Border' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 6 p. 48 online copy