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Latitude: 54.6445 / 54°38'40"N
Longitude: -3.5394 / 3°32'21"W
OS Eastings: 300756
OS Northings: 528793
OS Grid: NY007287
Mapcode National: GBR 3GQQ.JW
Mapcode Global: WH5YP.LJSB
Entry Name: Workington Hall
Listing Date: 6 June 1951
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1144479
English Heritage Legacy ID: 72269
Location: Workington, Allerdale, Cumbria, CA14
Civil Parish: Workington
Built-Up Area: Workington
Traditional County: Cumberland
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria
Church of England Parish: Workington St Michael
Church of England Diocese: Carlisle
NY 0028 WORKINGTON HALL BROW (East side)
10/46 Workington Hall
Fortified tower house with various additions, now in ruins. Mid C14 with C15
and C16 alterations and additions; late 1783-1789 additions by John Carr for the
Curwen family. Mixed large blocks of red and calciferous sandstone with
additions of similar rubble stone, all without roofs; oldest parts on chamfered
plinth. Rectangular 3-storey tower with adjoining L-shaped medieval wing
reduced to single-storey and rebuilt as 3 storeys by Carr; also adjoined by C15
hall range of 2 storeys, 5 bays, all enclosing courtyard on 2 sides, the
quadrangle completed by a medieval gatehouse tower and wing by Carr. Tower was
extensively renovated by Carr but retains some original loops, internal spiral
staircase and mural chambers. Late C18 round and flat-headed windows, all
unglazed. Wing has projecting 3-storey garderobe turret and ground-floor loops;
large first-floor late C18 round-headed window openings, those above in ruins.
Late C18 canted bay window to left. Further right-angled kitchen range of
similar details, with angle turret. Hall range has blocked windows and doorways
of various dates; 2 ground-floor early C16 2-light windows and upper-floor C15
window. Inner wall has C15 doorways and blocked early C16 multi-light windows.
3-storey gatehouse has flanking guardrooms with angle turret to right, showing a
number of small original chamfered-surround windows; the round-headed through
archway and windows are late C18 alterations. Adjoining late C18 wing has
similar flat-headed window openings. Ancestral home of the Curwen family who
obtained a licence to crenellate in 1380 (the foundation stone for the tower is
said to have been laid 8 May 1362) and owned by them until sold to the local
council mid C20. After vandalisation the council reduced the building to a
controlled ruin. See Tom Clare, Report on the Fortified Buildings of Cumbria,
Cumbria County Council, 1983 (unpublished), appendix 3; Transactions Cumberland
Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society, old series, xvi, 1-15; J.F.
Curwen, Castles & Towers, 1913, 244-7.
Listing NGR: NY0075628793
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