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Dearham Hall

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY07373642
Latitude 54.71432° Longitude -3.43927°

Dearham Hall has been described as a probable Pele Tower, and also as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Cumbria HER and other sources refer to circumstantial evidence of fortified building. (Roger Wilson pers. corr.)

The Manor of Dearham was granted in moieties by Alan, the second lord of Allerdale; one was given to Simon Sheftling, and the other to Dolphin, son of Gospatric. Sheftling's posterity assumed the name of Dearham. This moiety was carried by an heiress to the Barwis family, and subsequently to the Lamplughs, one of whom, Richard Lamplugh, Esq., sold the estate in 1722 to Sir James Lowther. The other moiety was given by one of its early owners to Calder Abbey; and after the dissolution of monasteries, was granted by Queen Elizabeth, to Thomas and John Lifford. Besides the Earl of Lonsdale, Calder Abbey, and the freeholders, the Dean and Chapter of Carlisle claim a share of the manorial rights and privileges. (Bulmer 1901)

Although a little way from the main area of border lawlessness Dearham is still in a area where it was normal for gentry house to be defensible in the medieval period. However the possible form of the defensible house is open to question. A small solar tower attached to a hall seems more likely than a walled courtyard house.
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