Old Helsfell Hall

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are major building remains

NameOld Helsfell Hall
Alternative Names
Historic CountryWestmorland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishStrickland Ketel

Barn 200m South East of Helsfell Farmhouse II Barn, probably remains of old Helsfell Hall, probably C16 with later alterations. Limestone rubble walls, graduated green slate roof. Original windows with moulded labels and moulded ceiling beam according to RCHME. Poor condition at time of survey. (Listed Building Report)

Outbuilding, probably remains of old Helsfell Hall, 220 yards S.E. of Helsfell House, was built probably early in the 16th century. It was formerly of three storeys and has a number of original windows with rounded heads to the lights and moulded labels; they are now blocked. Inside the building is an original moulded ceiling-beam. (RCHME 1936)

Gatehouse Comments

Matthew Emmott's pictures show this is a masonry solar wing of a, now lost, timber hall. Some evidence of domestic security but not of fortification.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSD499938
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Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved
Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved
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. 345
  • RCHME, 1936, An inventory of the historical monuments in Westmorland (HMSO) p. 221 no. 13 online transcription
  • Nicholson, C., 1832, The Annals of Kendal (London) p. 119 online copy


  • 1985 Aug 16, Westmorland Gazette
  • Tyson, Blake, 1984, 'The Troutbeck Park Slate Quarries, Their Management and Markets, 1753-1760' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 84 p. 185- (partial history of occupants) online copy


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