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The Old Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Hesket, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.7378 / 54°44'15"N

Longitude: -2.8148 / 2°48'53"W

OS Eastings: 347638

OS Northings: 538391

OS Grid: NY476383

Mapcode National: GBR 8FSN.DF

Mapcode Global: WH80X.Q5VS

Plus Code: 9C6VP5QP+43

Entry Name: The Old Tower

Listing Date: 24 October 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1145499

English Heritage Legacy ID: 73873

Location: Hesket, Eden, Cumbria, CA11

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Hesket

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Plumpton Wall St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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10/149 The Old Tower


Fortified house. Late C14 or early C15 with 1852 alterations and additions by
William Atkinson and further 1902-3 alterations by Sir Robert Lorimer for Joseph
Harris. Extremely thick dressed red sandstone walls with C20 battlemented
ashlar parapet and ashlar chimney stacks; C20 angle turret and cupola. Roof
within parapets and hidden from view. Extensions of red sandstone ashlar under
graduated greenslate roof with crow-stepped gable. 3-storey square tower with
lower rear 2- and 3-storey, 3-bay extensions of 2 different builds, forming
overall L-shape. Various 2- and 3-light C19 and C20 stone-mullioned windows
under hoodmoulds. Left return wall has 2 small upper-floor windows, otherwise
it is difficult to identify blocked windows obscured by ivy growth. Extensions
have C20 doorway in re-entrant angle and similar 2- and 3-light windows to those
in tower. Glazed organgery links with the main house, Brackenburgh (q.v.).
Internal C19 and C20 alterations. Reputedly built as a house for the warden of
Inglewood Forest but there are virtually no references to this building. See
Christopher Hussey, The Work of Sir Robert Lorimer, 1931, pp.40-1.

Listing NGR: NY4763838391

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