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Brigham Parsonage Farm

In the civil parish of Brigham.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY08653094
Latitude 54.66563° Longitude -3.41889°

Brigham Parsonage Farm has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


"Old Parsonage, north of the church. One gable-end has two buttresses and between them a blocked two-light window with a circle over, ie the window of a later, 13th century upper wall". ("Old Vicarage", NY0865 3094, on OS 6", 1957). (Pevsner)
This is one of the oldest buildings in the lake District, and is thought to have been the mediaeval manor house before it became the vicarage, and later a farm. (PastScape)

Parsonage Farmhouse 3-3-67 (previously listed as Old Parsonage, Brigham) II-star Vicarage now Farmhouse. C13 or C14 with C19 and C20 alterations. Thick painted roughcast walls, under graduated Welsh slate roof with coped gables; large square central roughcast chimney stack. 2 storeys, 3 bays. C20 door in roughcast stone porch. Medieval pointed arch of what is now a kitchen window could have been a doorway. Yorkshire sash windows in C19 painted stone surrounds. 2 medieval corbel stones project at different levels on either side of porch. Weathered carved medieval coping stop on left gable. Return and rear walls have C19 sash windows in painted stone surrounds. Right return wall has 2 buttresses and upper pointed-arched blocked window under pointed hood. Rear extension has C20 garage doors and C20 stepped gables but has a buttress similar to others on the main building. Although nothing is known of the history of this building it appears to have been the vicarage for the medieval church and predates the existing late C14 fortified vicarages seen elsewhere in the county. No internal features of interest. (Listed Building Report)

Needs a survey. Unlikely to have been fortified. Probably always a parsonage. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)
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