Great Salkeld Rectory

Has been described as a Certain Pele Tower

There are major building remains

NameGreat Salkeld Rectory
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishGreat Salkeld

Fortified Rectory. Probably early C15 with alterations dated and inscribed T&MM 1674 (Thomas Musgrave) on reused lintel, and mid C19 alterations. Oldest part has thick red sandstone rubble walls, on chamfered plinth. Extensions of red sandstone rubble with flush quoins, on chamfered plinth, all with graduated greenslate roof and clustered red sandstone candlestick chimney stacks. 2-storey tower,now with gabled roof, projects slightly to right; central lower 2-storey hall range of 2 bays and left projecting single-bay extension under common roof. Further rear extensions and right C20 garage. Tower has C19 3-light and cross-mullioned windows. Hall has left C19 door in C19 Tudor-style surround under hoodmould. Right C19 cross-mullioned window all under large 5-light C19 stone-mullioned window. Right block, probably C15 doorway and small blocked windows. Over the left doorway is the C17 lintel built into the wall. Extension has large C19 mullioned-and-transomed 3-light windows. Rear recessed stair wing flanked by C19 gabled extensions all with large sash windows under hoodmoulds. Interior of tower has ground-floor original rounded doorway into hall. Beamed ceiling supported by stone corbels. C19 panelled doors and panelled shutters in extensions. Late C17 staircase with turned balusters and heavy moulded handrails. Some C17 dado panelling. Some heraldic stained glass, that on staircase dated 1856. (Listed Building Report)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY551366
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  • Salter, Mike, 1998, The Castles and Tower Houses of Cumbria (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 97 (slight)
  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 204 (plan)


  • Gordon, C.J., 1925, 'Place and Field Names at Great Salkeld, Cumberland' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 25 p. 121- online copy