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Hewthwaite Hall

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY15203288
Latitude 54.68342° Longitude -3.31621°

Hewthwaite Hall has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.

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


Hewthwaite Hall 3-3-67 II-star Farmhouse. Dated and inscribed 1581 over entrance. Whitewashed rubble walls with flush quoins, raised in height under C20 graduated greenslate roof with coped gables; C20 brick chimney stacks. 2 storeys, 3 bays with rear extension forming overall L-shape. C20 door in painted chamfered stone surround, under carved panel of Royal coat-of-arms and reversed Cumberland arms; with further inscribed panel above JOHN SWYNBUN ESQUIRE AND ELISEBETH HIS WYFE DID MAK COSTE OF THIS WORK IN THE DAIS OF THER LYF AND DOM (date) AND REG 23, both panels flanked by carved figures and picked out in colour. Ground-floor 3-light double-chamfered stone-mullioned windows with round-headed lights, under hoodmoulds with plain shield stops. Upper-floor cross-mullioned windows. Rear cross-mullioned stair window with cusped heads. Extension has sash windows in stone surrounds. Interior has beamed ceilings. C17 staircase has heavy turned balusters and broad handrail. Some C17 panelled oak bedroom doors. (Listed Building Report)

Hewthwaite Hall is a 16th century, two storey stone house with a slate roof. The date 1581 AD is inscribed above the lintel. According to Pevsner some of the windows may be as early as 1500 AD (Listed Building Report: Pevsner).
JH Martindale states that, because of the earlier occupation of the de Huthwaite family, 'we might expect some sort of a pele tower with wings, but I am afraid very little, if any, of the original house is visible. A plan of the site suggests that an earlier tower may be present in the west of the house, fragments of its north and west side being incorporated (Perriam and Robinson). (PastScape)
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