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Aikton Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Upper Hall

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY28145287
Latitude 54.86546° Longitude -3.12110°

Aikton Hall has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

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


The Rectory at Aikton is known as Aikton Hall. The ONB however mentions these as two separate buildings (Barnes 1913; Ordnance Name Book Cumb 22 SW 1899 5).
In the grounds to the east of the Rectory, the foundations of some older buildings may be traced. Near to these foundations is a deep ditch, which has suggested a moated rectory, and there is a distinct depression leading in a southerly direction from the ditch towards Down Hall, as if the defensive works of the rectory at one time had been connected with the moated stronghold (NY 25 SE 5) (Bulmer 1907).
No building foundations are now discernible. The ditch is virtually filled in, leaving three small ornamental ponds, and the whole is ill-defined. In the absence of any other obvious function, it may represent the eastern arm of a wet moat, but any connection with Down Hall is unlikely (F1 BHP 26-NOV-68).
Aikton Hall. Discussed as part of a complex including Downland 'Castles' (Bennett et al 1987). (PastScape)

Moated earthworks.
G.T. Clark states 'the Upper Hall or Vicarage has also a moat.
Earlier, foundations of buildings could be traced... suggested to be a moated rectory... no foundations discernible, part of ditch filled in... (SMR 392) Needs further work to establish if this was a fortified site; unlikely so close to the manor house unless this was an earlier site for the manor and abandoned for some reason. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

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