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Cardew Hall

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY35004990
Latitude 54.83924° Longitude -3.01398°

Cardew Hall has been described as a probable Pele Tower, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Cardew Hall. NY337491 {sic}. Farmhouse which probably originated as C15 stonehouse or bastle. (PastScape ref. Perriam and Jobinson)

NY3500649903. Farmhouse. Probably early C16 and C17, with C18 and C19 additions and alterations. Large coursed red sandstone on squared plinth: thick walls. C20 tiled roof with coped gable and kneeler at right. Large square chimney at right gable, ashlar stack to left. Two storeys. Original C16 house of 3 bays, C17 extension 2. Two-bay C18 wing at right-angles. Large C19 sandstone porch with hipped Welsh slate roof and side plank door. Windows varied: 2 original with chamfered surround (1 blocked), 2 stone-mullioned (also blocked) and C18 and later sashes and casements. In C17 part a 4-panel door in carved pilastered surround. Rear elevation shows a left projection to original house with remains of stair-turret in angle. Central projecting chimney breast with corbelled recess to allow light to a stone-mullioned window, one of 4, 2 now blocked. Other windows C18, C19 and C20. Ancestral house of the Denton family and birthplace of John Denton (c1561-1617), first historian of Cumberland. (Listed Building Report)

A home of the Denton family by marriage in the C14 and actually baronial in status at that time and gentry status otherwise. One might expect at least a chamber block pele tower at such a site but seems to just be a fairly solidly built but quite modest hall house. Probably not a pele-house bastle in the sense of being a chamber over a byre.
NOT Cardew Lodge, a C19 house with circular battlemented turret.
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