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Thistlewood Farmhouse

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY39604361
Latitude 54.78381° Longitude -2.94062°

Thistlewood Farmhouse has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


Farmhouse consisting of a fortified tower and an extension. It was probably built in the early C15 with C16 alterations and the extension was built in the late C17. The tower has thick red sandstone rubble walls with flush quoins, now under a gabled red sandstone slate roof with small banded red sandstone chimney stacks. The extension has dark-pink coursed sandstone rubble walls with flush cream sandstone quoins and eaves cornice, on chamfered plinth. The roof is of Welsh slate with bottom courses of sandstone slate. There are banded red sandstone chimney stacks. The tower is rectangular and two storeys high and the extension is also two storeys high, with four bays. (PastScape)

Fortified tower and extension. Probably early C15 with C16 alterations and late C17 extension. Tower has thick red sandstone rubble walls with flush quoins, now under gabled red sandstone slate roof with small banded red sandstone chimney stacks. Extension of dark-pink coursed sandstone rubble walls with flush cream sandstone quoins and eaves cornice, on chamfered plinth. Welsh slate roof with bottom courses of sandstone slate; banded red sandstone chimney stacks. Rectangular tower of 2 storeys over basement, with lower 2-storey, 4-bay extension. Tower has basement loops; the other small original windows at various levels have been blocked and replaced by 2- and 3-light late C16 stone-mullioned windows under hoodmoulds. Extension has central C20 door in chamfered C17 surround under drip mould. 2-light stone-mullioned windows under drip moulds. Interior of the tower is thought to be of some interest but unable to gain access at the time of survey. Small single-storey additions to tower are not of interest. (Listed Building Report)
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