Isel Hall

(See also Isel)

Isel Hall is a private home that began its existence with the building of a 15th century four storey tower with embattled parapet. Original mullioned windows and fireplace can still be seen in the tower. Stairs connect the vaulted basement with another section of the tower. It is thought that an Isel Hall by Julian Thurgoodearlier building was located on this site above the Derwent River.

In the 1500s a hall block was added south of the tower. It has two fireplaces, original linenfold panelling, and a screens passage. In further centuries the hall was enlarged to the west, although an Elizabethan wing was later demolished. The newer section is three storeys high and has three light windows on the upper storey. In the 18th and 19th centuries more building completed the hall on view today. The former 19th century billiard room now serves as a drawing room.

In the village of Isel lived the prominent Leigh family, who were the first inhabitants of Isel Hall. In 1572 the Lawson family moved to Isel Hall and began a long reign as owners, lasting until 1986. Visitors can spot the Lawson coat of arms on the interior of the hall as well as in the gardens. Mary Burkett, the current owner (2008) founded the International Feltmakers Association whose Isel Hall grounds by Julian Thurgood Visit Cumbriamembers create artwork using felt. Her work is on display in the hall.

A terrace and sunken garden add to the hall's attractions.

Isel Hall
3 miles north-east of Cockermouth
Tel. 0 1900 826 127 or 812 436
Open: April-end Sep, Mon only, 1.30-4.30pm; groups at other times by arrangement.

Historic Houses Association member

Note: Please check opening times and dates before visiting in case of changes.

Photos courtesy of Julian Thurgood

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