Hartsop Hall

Has been described as a Possible Pele Tower

There are masonry footings remains

NameHartsop Hall
Alternative Names
Historic CountryWestmorland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishPatterdale

A typical larger Lakeland farmhouse in a typically magnificent setting. The main part of the house was built in the 16th century, a west wing was added in the 17th century and a south wing was added in the 18th century. It is made from stone and slate rubble and has a flag roof. It possibly originated as a tower house based on the vaulted cellar and newel. (PastScape)

Hartsop Hall, about 2½ m. S. of the church, was built probably in the 16th century and has a 17th-century extension on the W. and an 18th-century wing on the S. The N. and S. walls retain original windows with rounded heads to the lights; one window in the S. wall has a moulded label; a doorway in the S. wall, now opening into the wing, has a four-centred head. Inside the building are some original moulded ceiling-beams. The 17th-century staircase has turned balusters and square newels with moulded terminals. Part of the original king-post roof remains. (RCHME 1936)

Farm Buildings attached to Hartsop Hall. I 2. Typical larger Lakeland farmhouse in typically magnificent setting. Original C16 house faced north to Brothers Water, a west wing added C17, and a south wing in C18. All stone and slate rubble with flag roof, 2 storeys. Entrance front faces south and farmyard, and has 16-paned sashes, and an entrance under a catslide roof extending from the barn which is open and rests on 2 round piers, forming a porch/cartshed. The south end of the south wing is on a lower level but has same roof, 4 sashes. The rear of the older wing has a large stepped chimney, and a 3-light window on each floor - each light round-headed with stone mullions, and the walls are of cearser rubble with more mortar. The north front is white-washed and partly cemented, with steep roof, stone doorway with moulded lintel, 3 windows on ground floor and 4 above, of one, two and three lights, all lights round-headed. Interior said to have C16 moulded beams and part of king-post roof, and C17 staircase

(Listed Building Report)

Gatehouse Comments

The suggestion that this may have been a pele tower originally comes from Perriam and Robinson but no other author seems to think this and the date of the house seems a bit late for such a suggestion.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY398120
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Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved
Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved

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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 281
  • RCHME, 1936, An inventory of the historical monuments in Westmorland (HMSO) p. 191 no. 46 online transcription
  • Curwen, J.F., 1932, 'Parishes (West Ward): St Michael, Barton' The Later Records relating to North Westmorland: or the Barony of Appleby p. 256-77 online transcription
  • Taylor, M.W., 1892, Old Manorial Halls of Westmorland and Cumberland (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 8) p. 74-76 online copy
  • Nicholson, J. and Burn, B., 1777, The History and Antiquities of the Counties of Westmorland and Cumberland (London) Vol. 1 p. 408 online copy


  • Manuscripts of the Reverend Thomas Machell, vicar of Kirkby Thore (d 1698) Vol. 1 (preserved at the Cumberland Record Office) p. 725


  • Clare, T., 1982, A Report on Medieval Fortified Sites in Cumbria (Cumbria CC)