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Historic Buildings of Cumberland, England

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Historic Buildings of Cumberland


Today Cumbria

...(embracing Westmorland and parts of Lancashire)
Image right - Holker Hall

Image Geograph © Copyright Barbara Carr and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.

The object of this project is to provide information about historic buildings in the county of Cumbria/Cumberland, with links to sub-projects for specific buildings as appropriate. GENi profiles of people associated with those establishments can be linked to this project and/or to individual projects where they have been set up.

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Historic houses in alphabetical order

Including Castles, Abbeys, Priories, Manor Houses, Mansions, Stately Homes, Country houses, Estate houses, Courts, Halls, Parks and other listed buildings of historic interest.

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Abbey House, Barrow-in-Furness

The Abbey, Skirwith

// Abbot Hall, Kendal

Geograph © Copyright Peter Turner and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.

Built in 1759 by Colonel George Wilson on a site once belonging to the abbots of St. Mary’s, York. The building was renovated by the Lakeland Arts Trust and opened to the public in 1962. It houses one of the north’s leading art collections.

Appleby Castle

Armathwaite Hall, of Vane, Bart.

Ashton House

Askham Hall


Barrow House

Bassenfell Manor


Brantwood is a country house in Cumbria, overlooking Coniston Water. It has been the home of a number of prominent people, including John Ruskin. The house and grounds are administered by a charitable trust, the house being a museum dedicated to Ruskin. The house is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, and buildings in the grounds are also listed.

Brayton Hall


Image Geograph © Copyright Carl Bendelow and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.

Brougham Castle - once home to Anne de Clifford, Countess of Pembroke, who died there in 1676. Open to the public under the care of English Heritage

Brougham Hall


Cardew House

Cardew Lodge


Geograph © Copyright Paul Buckingham and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.

Carlisle Castle - first built in 1093, during the reign of William II who ordered the construction of a Norman style motte and bailey castle on the site of an old Roman fort to protect the northern border of England against the threat of invasion from Scotland. In 1122, Henry I ordered a stone castle to be constructed on the site. Thus a keep and city walls were constructed. Today the castle is managed by English Heritage and is open to the public. Until recently, the castle was the administrative headquarters of the former King's Own Royal Border Regiment now county headquarters to the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and a museum to the regiment is within the castle walls.

Castle Head

Cliburn Hall

Clifton Hall

Cockermouth Castle

Conishead Priory

Coniston Hall

Corby Castle

Cowmire Hall

Crofton Place, of Brisco, Bart.


Dacre Castle - belonged to the Dacre family


Dallam Tower

Dalton Hall

Dalston Hall

Dovenby Hall


Eccle Riggs

Edenhall, of the Musgrave family, to whom belongs the celebrated drinking-cup, called the "Luck of Edenhall"

Egremont Castle


Fawe Park



Gowbarrow Park, of the Duke of Norfolk

Graythwaite Hall

Greystoke Castle

Grizedale Hall


Hampsfield House

Helsfell Hall

Hensingham Hall, of Senhouse, Bart.

High Head Castle

Hill Top

Holker Hall

Elizabeth Cavendish
Sir Thomas Lowther, MP, 2nd Baronet
Sir William Lowther, MP, 1st Baronet of Maske
George Preston
Thomas Preston, MP
Thomas Preston MP
Catherine Preston

Hollin Hall

Holmrook Hall

Hutton in the Forest

Hutton John


Ingmire Hall

Isel Hall



Kirkoswald Castle - belonged to the Dacre family


Langdale Chase

Langrigg Hall

Levens Hall



Lowther Castle

Image above Geograph © Copyright Toplist and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.


Millom Castle


Moresby Hall

Mumps Hall

Muncaster Castle, of Lord Muncaster


// Naworth Castle

Image Geograph © Copyright Simon Ledingham and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

A border stronghold dating back to 1335; the old seat of the lords of Gilsland, built in the reign of Edward III., and famous as being the residence of Lord William Howard, or "Belted Will"; Home to the Howard family, Naworth is not open to the public but does cater for specific corporate events, weddings, private tours and can provide accommodation for special parties. Thomas Dacre, 6th Baron Dacre

Netherby, of Graham, Bart.


Overwater Hall




Rampside Hall

Ravensbarrow Lodge

Rockcliffe Castle, the property of the Radcliffes

Rose Castle, of the Bishop of Carlisle

Rothay Manor

Rusland Hall

Rydal Hall


Salkeld Hall

Scaleby Castle

Sedgwick House

Sizergh Castle and Garden

Swarthmoor Hall



Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery


Underley Hall

Underscar Manor


Wharton Hall

Whitehaven Castle, of the Earl of Lonsdale

Witherslack Hall

Workington, where Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, landed in 1568

Wray Castle

Wulstey Castle, where the famous Michael Scott resided;


References and Sources

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