Historic Houses and Buildings in Cumbria

Cumbria's earliest buildings were constructed of timber. In the late 17th and early 18th century timber-framed farmhouses were rebuilt in stone. Many farmhouses and mansions grew up around the defensive towers (pele towers) built in times when Scottish raids were commonplace in the countryside. Thus there is a mix of Jacobean, Georgian, and Victorian architecture in many of the houses that originated in the middle ages. Levens and Sizergh are good examples. Dalemain is largely 18th century with earlier parts. 19th century houses, built on a grand scale, did not need to worry about defense. Some of Cumbria's houses are famous because of their association with well-known people. Beatrix Potter's Hilltop house and Wordsworth's Dove cottage are examples.

Arnside Pele Tower Ashmeadow House
Belle Isle Round House Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House
Blease Hall Blencow Hall
Brantwood Brougham Hall
Catterlen Hall Cowmire Hall
Dalemain Derwent Island House
Dove Cottage Frith Hall
Hampsfell Hospice Hill Top
Holker Hall Hutton-in-the-Forest
Isel Hall Kirkandrews Tower
Levens Hall Middleton Hall
Mirehouse Moresby Hall
Newbiggin Hall Newby Hall
Rydal Hall Rydal Mount
Swarthmoor Hall Townend
William Wordsworth's House Winton Hall
Workington Hall Wray Castle

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