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Dalston Hall

Hob Uid: 10787
Location :
Cumbria
Carlisle
Dalston
Grid Ref : NY3767051550
Summary : Fortified house, built as a tower house in the mid or late 15th century. The west wing was added circa 1556 with a second tower, and the central block circa 1620. The house was further altered and extended in the late 17th and late 19th centuries. Built of sandstone, with slate roofs to the wings and flat lead roofs on the two towers. Now a hotel.
More information : (NY 37675155) Peel (GT) Dalston Hall (GT). (1)

The Peel Tower at Dalston Hall has an inscription dating the erection or rebuilding of the Tower to the reign of Henry IV (1399-1413), (2). Of the buildings surrounding the tower, those to the extreme west are of Henry VIII (1509-1547). The central portion of the buildings are early 17th century. The hall has later additions of merit. (2-3)

Lysons mentions a chapel in use for farm purposes. (4)

The Peel is in a good state of preservation but the surrounding buildings are not outstanding. There are no traces of a chapel but it is reputed that services were held in the ground floor of the Peel tower. (5)

Fortified house now hotel. Mid or late C15, dated by inscription
below parapet: JOHN DALLSTON ELSABET MI WYF MAD YS BYLDYNG. West wing c1556 for Sir John Dalston, with central block of c1620; late C17alterations and further extensions, dated 1899 on lead rainwater heads, by C.J. Ferguson for E.W. Stead. Large blocks of red and calciferous sandstone. Flat lead roofs on towers; graduated greenslate roofs on wings; ashlar chimney stacks. 3-storey C15 tower to right; 4-storey C16 tower to left, linked together by C16 wing with early C17 2-storey projecting entrance bay; flanked by late C19 wings and C19 extension to rear. Early tower has extremely thick walls on chamfered plinth with string courses and battlemented parapet. Angle stair turret projecting above parapet has 4 C15 carved shields of arms of the Kirkbride and Dalston families. 2-light stone mullioned windows in moulded surrounds under hood moulds. 3-light first floor window with rounded heads in round arch. Interior: stone vaulted basement, now library. newel staircase for full 3 storeys to roof. Ground floor inner yett of iron is C15. Bedroom above has mural recess: former fireplace cut through to form bathroom. Wing to left has plank door in roll-moulded architrave. 2- and 3-light stone mullioned windows in roll-moulded architraves. Roll-moulded cornice has cannon-like water spouts. Battlemented tower to left with similar 2- and 3-light windows. Side wall to right has corbelled-out semicircular stair turret from first floor to roof. C19
extensions have stone mullioned windows imitating the earlier work. C20 extension to extreme right is not of interest. Interior of C16 wing was extensively altered by C.J. Ferguson in Arts and Crafts style; banqueting hall inglenook with firehood of pewter dated 1900 with initials E.W.S. Ground floor room on extreme left has fireplace with William de Morgan tiles. (6)

Listed with plan and illustration. (7)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1957
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Source : Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society
Source details : T Cumb & Westm A & AS 6 1883 (M W Taylor)
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Source Number : 3
Source : The Archaeological Journal
Source details : Arch J 39, 1882, 451 (C J Ferguson)
Page(s) : 451
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Vol(s) : 39
Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Mag Brit 1816 IV 93 (D & S Lysons)
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 BHP 17-NOV-69
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Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) City of Carlisle, Cumbr, Sept 1984, 41
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Source Number : 7
Source : The medieval fortified buildings of Cumbria : an illustrated gazetteer and research guide
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Page(s) : 200-1
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Vol(s) : vol.29

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Mid or late C15
Monument End Date : 1499
Monument Start Date : 1433
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Extended c1556
Monument End Date : 1566
Monument Start Date : 1546
Monument Type : Fortified House, Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Extended c1620
Monument End Date : 1630
Monument Start Date : 1610
Monument Type : Fortified House, Tower House, Hall House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Altered late C17
Monument End Date : 1699
Monument Start Date : 1667
Monument Type : Fortified House, Tower House, Hall House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Extended late C19
Monument End Date : 1900
Monument Start Date : 1867
Monument Type : Hall House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : By 1984
Monument End Date : 1984
Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : Hotel
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 78312
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 30022
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NY 35 SE 7
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1592888
Relationship type : Is referred to by

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 35 SE 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1969-11-17
End Date : 1969-11-17