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Broughton Hall

In the civil parish of Broughton East.
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: SD37888096
Latitude 54.22072° Longitude -2.95423°

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

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Broughton Hall - ".... is situated in the hamlet of Wood Broughton about 1.5 miles north of Churchtown in Cartmel.
The present house is part of an old spacious hall which was built in the form of three side of a square and was for many years the seat of the Knypes or Knipes a family of considerable importance in the parish from about the reign of Henry VII to the end of the reign of George II......
...Mr Walter Gardner inherited Broughton Hall. He pulled down about .... 1815 the greater part of the old hall which had become too large for the diminished estate .... reserving and altering a portion which was the present house. He afterwards sold Broughton Hall estate and built for himself on a part of the property which he retained the house .....'Broughton Bank'...." (Stockdale 1872).
Mr Eccles, the tenant, showed the Investigator around Broughton Hall, indicating the extant remains of the original structure, which comprise the south end of the block. In the south wall, at first floor level, two two-light mullioned windows remain, the west one blocked. Within, the rooms show old oak beams and the attics very old oak rafters. Mr Eccles said the oak is supposed to have come from Cartmel Priory. The north end of the Hall is of 'Georgian' period. Modern additions have been made to the west and south sides. If the extant remains of the original structure represent part of its main block, the two wings, as described by Stockdale, must have run westwards, as the ground falls away a little from the east side of the Hall.
All other doors and windows are modern insertions into the old fabric. The roof is modern and the whole building has been faced with pebble-dash which completely obscures the underlying stonework (F1 ASP 09-SEP-57). (PastScape)

Broughton Hall, said to be of 15th/16th century origin, but part pulled down and major alterations 1815. Thick stone walls, pink roughcast. Slate roof. 2 storeys. Central panelled door under timber porch. 3 square 16-paned sash windows above, and 2 larger ones below with glazing bars removed. Slightly lower 2-storey wing to left has 2 small sash windows on each floor. Some wooden mullioned windows remain. (Lake District National Park HER)

The reason for Perriam and Robinson including this medieval house in a gazetteer of 'fortified buildings' is obscure. The form of the medieval building does not seem to included a tower or a gatehouse nor was the site moated.
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