Moresby Hall

(See also Moresby)

Moresby Hall courtesy Moresby HallMoresby Hall, in the village of the same name, is a Grade I listed building built c 1620 and now a country home accommodation. English Heritage states that Moresby Hall is one of the most important buildings in Cumbria as it has so many original features. The front façade of the building dates from 1690-1700 and has both triangular and segmental pediments. It is attributed to the famous architect Inigo Jones. The first building had three wings constructed around a court. The west wing and staircase are a later edition. The original hall had mullion and transom windows. The spiral stone staircase, now part of a self-catering cottage, is thought to be one from a pele tower.

Moresby Hall Du Bessin Drawing Room courtesy Moresby HallMoresby Hall was a later acquisition of a powerful family who increased their holdings from medieval times through warfare and judicious marriages. Christopher de Moresby, who fought at Agincourt, was knighted by King Henry. As time passed seigneural rights to twenty one manors were added to the family fortunes. Sir Francis Weston, who married Anne, the great grand-daughter of Sir Christopher, was executed by King Henry VIII. William Fletcher, a rich Cockermouth merchant bought the property from her in her declining years. This family owned the hall for the next 250 years.

Moresby Hall Copel and Bedroom courtesy Moresby HallIn the 1700s the hall belonged to various families, then fell onto hard times and ended up as a farmhouse. After restoration c1910 it was once again a manorial home. In 1955 it became a corporate venue; in 1999 it came into private ownership as a country house bed and breakfast accommodation.

Moresby Hall is two miles north-east of Whitehaven on the A595.

Moresby Hall,
Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 6PJ
Tel: 01946-696317

Photos courtesy of Jane and David Saxon

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