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Abbot Hall

In the civil parish of Lower Allithwaite.
In the historic county of Lancashire.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Lancashire North of the Sands.

OS Map Grid Reference: SD39537555
Latitude 54.17208° Longitude -2.92788°

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

There are no visible remains.

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


"Abbot Hall in the hamlet of Kents or Kentish bank is supposed to have been the residence of the priors of Cartmel, whose foundation charter so explicity prohibited them from aspiring to the title of abbot. Upon the estate were some fields called Chapel Fields in which, at three feet below the surface, human skeletons have been exhumed. This spot is, with much appearance of probability, supposed to have been the site of an oratory, where a monk of the priory officiated in offering up prayers for the safety of such as crossed the sands." (Baines 1835).
"Thomas son of Gospatrick de Cartmel about 1160 granted to the abbey 5 acres in the fields of Allithwaite .... Since the suppression of the abbey it has passed through many hands. A modern residence built on the site {of the Abbot Hall} is used as a school." (VCH 1914).
ABBOT HALL, a completely modern building, is now a Guest House run by the Methodist Union. Local enquiries revealed no knowledge of an earlier structure. The name is confirmed by an inscription on the gate post at the beginning of the drive (F1 EG 25-JUN-58). (PastScape)

The reason for Perriam and Robinson including this possible site of a medieval hall in a gazetteer of 'fortified buildings' is obscure. The form of the medieval building is not known but doesn't seem to be described as either a tower or moated.
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