Blease Hall

Blease Hall by Karl and Ali GeographBlease Hall is a Grade II listed building. Earning the listing is due to a plasterwork ceiling and frieze in the drawing room, fireplaces, an oak staircase, original beams and uprights, stone mullion windows, oak floors, and flagged floors. The studded door from the south wing is now located between the rear hall and dining room. Also surviving are iron window bars at various places in the house. Hanging from the rafters is a dobbie stone dating from 1636.

The north wing of the house dates from c1450 and served as housing for a chantry priest. The house had four storeys at the time. Robert Bateman, a well-to-do wool trader residing in Kendal, bought Blease Hall c1600 and extended it, creating an H shaped building. His son, Henry, completed the building works c1644. He rain pack-horse trains for a living.

Blease Hall by Karl and Ali GeographA farming family leased the hall for a century and a half, during which time a fire destroyed the south wing. Around 1850 the central east wall was rebuilt, but neglect caused the hall to deteriorate even though it was still lived in. In the 20th century the south gable wall was reconstructed. Since then the house has been extensively renovated.

The rear garden of the property borders open fields with plantings, a small wildlife pond, stone paths and a wall. Blease Hall is a private home.

Location: Old Hutton from Kendal, take the B6254 towards Kirkby Lonsdale; continue past Oxenholme and the Station Inn for one mile.
Cross a small bridge and take the first right turn (single track).
From Kirkby Lonsdale, take the B6254 out past the church and the Orange Tree pub for 10 miles.
After reaching the hamlet of Middleshaw, take the next left, continuing as above.

Photos courtesy of © Karl and Ali

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