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Farlam Hall Cottages, Kirkhouse

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY57016000
Latitude 54.93285° Longitude -2.67227°

Farlam Hall Cottages, Kirkhouse has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are major building remains.

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


2 houses, formerly one bastle house. Probably late C16 with mid C19 alterations. Thick calciferous sandstone walls, Welsh slate roof, yellow brick chimney stacks. 2 storeys, 2 bays each. No 6 left, has single-storey, 2-bay lean-to extension at front, of hammer-dressed calciferous sandstone and Welsh slate roof; plank door in wooden surround; 2-light wooden casement. No 5 has central plank door with C19 rusticated surround; ground floor sash windows with glazing bars have similar surrounds; gabled dormers above. At division between houses is earlier filled ground floor entrance. Entrance in end wall right, now filled, had chamfered surround similar to one at Denton Foot bastle house nearby, which is dated 1594. (Listed Building Report)

The two cottages have been made out of one building c. 71 ft. long, with walls of random rubble 3 ft. thick and with the upper storey partly in the roof. The doorway in the middle of the North end is similar to that dated 1594 at Denton Foot (NY 572623). The building is much longer than ordinary bastles to which the character of masonry and the doorway relate it; it may be the original 'manor house called Farlam Hall' of the 'Gilsland Survey of 1603'. It was thoroughly remodelled in the C19th (PastScape ref. Ramm et al )

The cottages have been confused with the medieval Farham Hall but Perriam and Robinson state "The 1603 Survey map and an early 18th century map clearly show the 'maner house' north of the Williamgill, (burn) but the cottages to the south."
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