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Two Lions Inn, Penrith

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Gerard Lowther's House; 'Dockray Hall'

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY51562997
Latitude 54.66254° Longitude -2.75238°

Two Lions Inn, Penrith has been described as a probable Fortified Town House, and also as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Two Lions Public House and integral stables C17 and C18. Roughcast over stone, 2 low storeys. Old moulded doorway with 4-centred head and studded door, a 16-paned sash window on each floor, and an additional new window above. Added porch on right and gabled wing farther right. Another old doorway to left with shaped lintel, with stable and loft farther left. An ogee headed opening in passage to rear. Rear has blocked stone-mullioned window with label, re-used datestone. Stone stables with sashes. Fine plaster ceiling with heraldic shields of Lowther family. (Listed Building Report)

Two Lions Inn. Built circa 1500 with later alterations, formerly known as Bowling Green Inn and "Dockray Hall". (PastScape ref. 1947 List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest)

Solar block, hall, courtyard and gateway, drawbar and reinforced door.
Important transitional type of hall house and needs further investigation. Perhaps has similarities with Great Salkeld Rectory. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Recorded in PastScape as medieval (C16) fortified house.
Perriam and Robinson call this, as an alternative name, Dockray Hall. They do not cite Taylor as a source who makes it clear this was not Dockray Hall, a building which is also an Inn, directly opposite. Other sources may have confabulated the two separate buildings.
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