Warcop Tower

Has been described as a Possible Pele Tower

There are no visible remains

NameWarcop Tower
Alternative Names
Historic CountryWestmorland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishWarcop

A 17th century house on the site of a medieval fortified manor house with tower. A front was added to the house in 1784. The house is made from rendered rubble and has graduated slate roofs which are steeply pitched over the earlier part of the house. It is two storeys high and has a three bay front. (PastScape)

This at one time was a large building and formed the manor-house. Cyprian Hilton of Burton, who died in 1649, had a son John who married Isabel daughter of John Farer, and a daughter, Mary, who married William Farer, both of Warcop Tower. It is now a farm house. (Curwen 1932)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY744151
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Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved
Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved

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  • Manuscripts of the Reverend Thomas Machell, vicar of Kirkby Thore (d 1698) Vol. 1 p. 111, 234, 322 (preserved at the Cumberland Record Office)


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