Ubarrow Hall

Has been described as a Certain Pele Tower

There are major building remains

NameUbarrow Hall
Alternative NamesYewbarrow Hall; Ubery-hall
Historic CountryWestmorland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishLongsleddale

Tower House, probably medieval, and attached C17 Farmhouse with later alterations. Tower: rubble walls formed of boulders, crowstepped gable and stone lintels and cills. 2 storeys, previously higher. Entrance at first floor from external stone stair, 2 small windows on ground floor. Interior has vaulted undercroft with stone fireplace and wide chimney; kingpost roof, probably C16; remains of circular stair in East corner. House: roughcast render with slate drip; graduated slate roof, 2 end chimney stacks. 2 storeys. Central stone porch with slate roof and side benches, C19 board door. C20 casements to either side. 2 C19 sashes with single vertical glazing bar above. Interior has exposed beams; beef loft over fireplace; C19 board partitions; old plank doors, court cupboard with enriched panels in kitchen. (Listed Building Report)

Ubarrow Hall (Plate 16), 450 yards S.E. of the church, is of two storeys; the walls are of rubble and the roofs are slate-covered. The pele-tower forming the S.W. part of the house is of late mediæval date, but the existing wing to the N.E. was added or re-built in the 17th century. The tower (32 ft. by 22 ft. externally) is now of two storeys but was formerly higher. It is lit by rectangular windows, some of them probably enlargements from earlier loops. The ground-stage has a plain barrel-vault and the floor above had a circular staircase in the E. angle. The existing roof is of king-post type and probably of the 16th century. The 17th-century wing has some exposed ceiling-beams, a two-stage cupboard of the local type, with pendants and fluted fascia and some panelled doors of the same age.

Condition—Fairly good. (RCHME 1936)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNY503025
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