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Gale Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY629364
Latitude 54.72191° Longitude -2.57698°

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

There are no visible remains.


Gale Hall, the site of which is occupied by a modern farmhouse, was formerly the capital messuage of the manor of Gale, and contained a tower, demolished since 1677. (PastScape ref. Perriam and Robinson)

'the house of Anthony Hutton Esqr built Towerwise and that not long since either by Sir Wm Hutton this gentleman's great grandfather or else by the said Sir William his father Anthony...' He goes on to illustrat a coat-of-arms in the best chamber window. (Perriam and Robinson citing Singleton 1677)

Gale is another small manor, partly in this parish {Melmerby} and partly in Ousby, which formerly belonged to the Huttons, of Hutton Hall, but is now possessed by the lord of the manor of Melmerby. Gale Hall, the ancient manorial residence, was rebuilt in 1866, and is occupied as a farmstead. (Bulmer)

Possibility that something may be built into present house.
A C16/C17 building of gentry status built 'towerwise'. Was this a chamber block attached to a hall or a superior bastle with chambers over storage space? The former (a pele tower) was usual for gentry status houses in this area for the C14-C16 but the later comes in the C16.
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