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Byre West of Townhead

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ainstable, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.8347 / 54°50'4"N

Longitude: -2.6822 / 2°40'55"W

OS Eastings: 356280

OS Northings: 549083

OS Grid: NY562490

Mapcode National: GBR 9DQJ.3P

Mapcode Global: WH80D.RRZ1

Entry Name: Byre West of Townhead

Listing Date: 3 August 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1137235

English Heritage Legacy ID: 73439

Location: Ainstable, Eden, Cumbria, CA8

County: Cumbria

District: Eden

Civil Parish: Ainstable

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Cumrew St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Listing Text

NY 54 NE

4/12 Byre west of Townhead


Byre with store above, formerly bastle house. Probably mid C16, with initials
T.D. (not T.C. as in RCHM, but thought to be initials of Thomas, Lord Dacre,
died 1566) and date MDXX (not contemporary with building) on lintel. Thick
walls of red sandstone random rubble, with large quoins, raised in height at 2
different periods; high pitched graduated Welsh slate roof. 2 storeys, 2 bays.
Ground floor entrance has been slightly enlarged but retains its shouldered
lintel and drawbar tunnel; flanking later windows. Upper floor entrance has
chamfered surround and inscribed lintel; 2 light stone-mullioned window to left
and small single-light window to right with chamfered surround, have both been
filled. Small chamfered surround window on two levels in end wall right have
both been filled. Large projecting buttress chimney stack to left end wall.
Rear wall has similar small filled window, with large C19 entrance and plank
doors, reached by ramp. Interior has fireplace with segmental stone arch, with
later fireplace on opposite end wall. See, RCHM, Shielings & Bastles, 1970,

Listing NGR: NY5628049083

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