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Coniston Hall

Hob Uid: 39927
Location :
Cumbria
South Lakeland
Coniston
Grid Ref : SD3044096340
Summary : Large, two storeyed, T-shaped building of late 16th century date, partially restored in 1815. The south east wing may be earlier than the remainder of the house. Part of the original house is used as a barn while the house itself is used as a farmhouse and sailing club. At the north west corner are the foundations of a building which has been interpreted as a possible pele tower. Earthworks north west of the house may represent the remains of two fishponds.
More information : SD 3044 9634: Coniston Hall (NR) (1)

Coniston Hall a two storied T-shaped building of 16th century date with some restoration in 1815. Part of original house now used as a barn Gde II*. (2)

"In a field a few yards north of the west wing ... there are foundations of an oblong rectangular building 50 by 18 feet ... The deer park extended to the High Road on the west and to Hoathwaite Beck, the boundary of Torver in the south. It contains pits which must have been fishponds". The hall is in fair condition and now used as farmhouse and store.(3)

SD 3040 9638: In the field northwest of the house is a rectangular marshy depression 15 metres x 4 metres bounded by a bank 4.5 metres to 6.5 metres wide with a maximum height of 0.9 metres. A few stones on the inner side of the bank suggests a revetment. This feature is evidently that referred to in Authority 3 as the foundations of a rectangular building 'north of west wing' but the present state of the remains suggest a medieval fishpond. A vague depression immediately west may be the remains of a similar feature. The exact limits of the deer park could not be
ascertained. The hollows within the area, referred to by Authority 3 as fishponds are all natural depressions or the result of surface quarrying. Immediately south of the hall, surface irregularities and vague platforms possibly indicate the site of buildings associated with the hall. (4)

Coniston Hall, Grade 2*, (see list for details). (5)

In the late Mediaeval period, Coniston was the seat of the Fleming family. There are several references to the demolished foundations of what is interpreted as a tower base predating the present buildings. Plan and illustration. (6)

Listed by Cathcart King. (7)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1919
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : MHLG Prov List North Lonsdale RD Lancs Aug 1962 40
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Source Number : 2a
Source : Victoria County History of Lancashire
Source details : 1914
Page(s) : 367-8
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Vol(s) : 8
Source Number : 3
Source : Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society
Source details : 1910 (W GCollingwood)
Page(s) : 354-68
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Vol(s) : 10
Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 EG 21-AUG-57
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) District of South Lakeland, Cumbria, 22nd Sept 1987
Page(s) : 37
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Source Number : 6
Source : The medieval fortified buildings of Cumbria : an illustrated gazetteer and research guide
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Page(s) : 378-9
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Vol(s) : vol.29
Source Number : 7
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the islands. Volume I : Anglesey - Montgomery
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Fishpond
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Pre late C16
Monument End Date : 1567
Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : House, Pele Tower
Evidence : Extant Building, Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Late C16
Monument End Date : 1567
Monument Start Date : 1567
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Restored 1815
Monument End Date : 1815
Monument Start Date : 1815
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : By 1987
Monument End Date : 1987
Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : Farmhouse, Sailing Club
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 : 76807
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SD 39 NW 7
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SD 39 NW 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1957-08-21
End Date : 1957-08-21
Associated Activities : Primary, CONISTON OLD HALL
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2000-01-01
End Date : 2001-12-31