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Workington Rectory

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
St Michaels Rectory; St Michael's House

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NX99802896
Latitude 54.64577° Longitude -3.55415°

Workington Rectory has been described as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Rectory now sheltered home. Probably C15 with C19 and C20 alterations. Cement roughcast over extremely thick stone walls, under graduated greenslate roof with C19 coped gables and kneelers; original cement-roughcast chimney stacks. 2 storeys, 2 bays, with flanking gabled wings: hall with cross wings. Central recessed 2-bay section has C19 panelled and glazed door in original pointed chamfered arch with hoodmould, but heavy C20 restoration. C17-style stone-mullioned windows in hall and wings of 2, 3 and 4 lights, some with mullions removed and all with moulded sills and dripmoulds. Right wing has unusual projecting upper-floor left return wall on corbels. Both wings have large stepped external chimney stacks. Left wing return wall has C20 windows in plain reveals. Rear extensions have large C20 windows. Interior of right wing has a former external pointed-arched doorway, only recently uncovered, which is similar to the entrance doorway and this, with the consistent thickness of the walls, suggest that the hall and wings are of one build. Blocked inglenook in ground-floor room right. Rear C17-style staircase. An extremely interesting and rare survival of a hall-house more common in the south of Cumbria. Former stable to right, now warden's house, is not of interest. (Listed Building Report)

Perriam and Robinson record a report of attacks on the rector and his servants in 1401-3 but there is nothing to suggest this building was involved in those attacks and even less to to suggest the building was defended. It is unclear to Gatehouse why they included this building in a gazetteer of medieval fortified buildings other than its architectural interest and rarity as a surviving hall house.
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