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Branthwaite Hall

Hob Uid: 8859
Location :
Cumbria
Allerdale
Dean
Grid Ref : NY0656025380
Summary : Late 14th or early 15th century pele tower with a 16th century hall wing; there are also 17th century additions. In 1985 the building was being restored and converted into offices by the National Coal Board, at which time it was surveyed and extensively photographed. Built of rubble and partly rendered with greenslate roofs.
More information : [NY 06562538] Branthwaite Hall [NR]
[NY 06512533] Tower [NR] (1)

Branthwaite Hall; 'A pele tower of the late fourteenth century. Tudor wing added on the north side, the date 1604 appears on the boss of a label above a .... window to the right of the present front door. C. 1650, the west front was remodelled in the Renaissance style' (a). The tower is 34.5 feet x 27.5 feet in plan and is 39 feet to the top of the battlements. The walls are 4.5 feet thick and are built from; 'Large rubble local stone'. It has a vaulted basement and two floors above, the entrance, being in the NE corner. (2)

A branch of the Skelton family of Armathwaite Castle, resided at Branthwaite Hall from 1422 to 1727. (3)

[Refers to Authority 2]. (4)

'Tower at Branthwaite Hall' . . scheduled as an Ancient Monument. (5)

[ Brief description and history: Autumn Meeting 1947. ] (6)

Description of Tudor wing by authority 2 and 2a correct. The western face is of two storeys and the east face of three. The whole is stone constructed; original mullioned windows of from two to four lights with hood moulding over - some of these windows are now blocked and the date 1604 is visible, as noted by authority 2. The boss of a first floor label is inscribed with a small heraldic polaque. The architecture of the west face is entirely Renaissance, with the exception of fragmentary earlier blocked windows, modern casements and two exceptionally strong buttresses. Four of the renaissance windows are blocked with modern concrete facing; the complete fabric shows restoration and reconstruction at various periods. The occupier confirmed the published name as correct.
Correctly shown on 25" A.M.
GP AO/59/292/4 Branthwaite Hall from SE.
GP AO/59/292/5 " " date stone
GP AO/59/292/6 " " from W.
Description of the Tower by authority 2 correct, the feature is in an excellent state of restoration. Original architectural features include, blocked rectangular windows at all floor levels, corbelled stone spouting and a small watch tower in the NE corner. The coping of the embattlements is modern.
Correctly shown on 25" A.M.
GP AO/59/292/3 Tower from SE. (7)

Branthwaite Hall, Grade 1. (8)

NY 065253. The scheduled area of Branthwaite Hall has been extended immediately north of the hall. (9)

Branthwaite Hall A late 14th or early 15th century tower house with a 16th century wing; 1604 and 1670s alterations for the Skelton Family. Owned by the National Coal Board who at the time of the resurvey in 1985 were renovating the building for use as offices. Otherwise at time of resurvey derelict and unoccupied. (10)

NY 065253 Branthwaite Hall; scheduled. (11)

Listed with plan of ground floor and illustration. (12)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1923 47
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Source Number : 2
Source : Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society extra series
Source details : JF Curwen
Page(s) : 257
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Source Number : 10
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE Listed Buildings Dist of Allerdale Cumbria 5.9.86 p30
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Source Number : 11
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
Source details : English Heritage SAM List Cumbria 31.3.94 p5
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Source Number : 12
Source : The medieval fortified buildings of Cumbria : an illustrated gazetteer and research guide
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Vol(s) : vol.29
Source Number : 2a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Description of Cumberland p11 (Sir D Fleming) (Ed DR S Ferguson)
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Source Number : 3
Source : Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society
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Vol(s) : 25, 1925
Source Number : 4
Source : Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society
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Vol(s) : 23, 1923
Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : MOW (IAM) AMs England and Wales 1958
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Source Number : 6
Source : Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society
Source details : EM Humphreys
Page(s) : 194-5
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Vol(s) : 48, 1948
Source Number : 7
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 EJ 31-AUG-59
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Source Number : 8
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : MHLG (Prov List) Cockermouth RD Cumb Mar 1966 pp28-9
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Source Number : 9
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : DOE (IAM) Record Form Feb 1984 Map
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Built in late C14 or early C15
Monument End Date : 1432
Monument Start Date : 1367
Monument Type : Pele Tower
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : C17 additions
Monument End Date : 1699
Monument Start Date : 1600
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Converted in 1985
Monument End Date : 1985
Monument Start Date : 1985
Monument Type : Office
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : CU 343
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 37637
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 72620
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : ViewFinder
External Cross Reference Number : BB98/23344
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NY 02 NE 9
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 02 NE 9
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1959-08-31
End Date : 1959-08-31
Associated Activities : Primary, INVESTIGATION BY RCHME/EH ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-11-14
End Date : 1995-11-14