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Borwick Hall

In the civil parish of Borwick.
In the historic county of Lancashire.
Modern Authority of Lancashire.
1974 county of Lancashire.
Medieval County of Lancashire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SD52567303
Latitude 54.15082° Longitude -2.72780°

Borwick Hall has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


House, mainly of late 16th century date, incorporating a 14th century pele tower. The main front dates from 1595, with the four storey tower to the right. The three storey wing to the right of the tower may be earlier than 1595. Built of rubble with slate roofs. The gatehouse is dated 1650 and is also rubble-built, with a stone roof. The two storey stables are probably mid 17th century in date, with a reset date stone inscribed 1590. The ground floor is now used as workshops. (PastScape)

House, now Residential Centre. Late C16th with C14th remains. Rubble, partly roughcast, with sandstone dressings and slate roof. Main front faces south-west and is of 7 bays. Bays 1-5 are of 1595 and have 2 storeys with attics and mullioned and transomed windows. At the left is a one-bay cross-wing. Over the central bay of the hall is a gabled stone attic dormer. At the right is a projecting gabled porch of 2 storeys having a semi-circular cyma-moulded head to the outer doorway and moulded impost band. The inner doorway is moulded with a studded oak door. Above the outer door is a coat of arms added by Mr. George Marton who bought the house in 1854. To the right is the c14th peel of 4 storeys whose floors do not align with those of the C16th wings. It has a battlemented parapet and late C16th windows, transomed except for the lowest, semi-basement, floor which is simply mullioned. To the right of the peel is a 1-bay gabled projecting wing of 3 storeys with attic with mullioned windows, said to be earlier than the 1595 wing (V.C.H.).
The front has two continuous drip courses, interrupted by the peel tower, with gable copings, kneelers and finials. The right-hand return wall has two chimney stacks corbelled out at 1st floor level. At the rear of the peel is a wing running north-east similar in style to the 1595 wing but said to be earlier (V.C.H.). At right-angles to it is a narrower wing forming a courtyard with the rear of the hall and having a projecting timber framed gallery.
Interior. The hall is lined with square C17th panelling. The fireplace is moulded with a 4-centred head with initials 'RB', said to be a reconstruction (V.C.H.). A moulded stone doorway leads to the front room of the cross-wing which has a fireplace with 4-centred head having spandrel decoration. The main room of the rear wing has a wide chamfered segmental-arched fireplace in the main room, once the kitchen. Rising from the rear of the hall to the attic is a stone closed well stair. At attic level, on the platform above the closed well and extending to form a balustrade, are alternate narrow and wide columns supporting a coping inscribed 'Alixander Brinsmead Mason 1595'. On the 1st and attic floors close-studded timber-framed partitioning is visible in a number of rooms. (Listed Building Report)

Unfortunately cursed by a reputation of being haunted which means most online searches produce useless nonsense for what is an interesting tower. Used as an educational centre by Lancashire County Council so not generally open to the public.
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