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Swarthmoor Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ulverston, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.1864 / 54°11'10"N

Longitude: -3.102 / 3°6'7"W

OS Eastings: 328186

OS Northings: 477293

OS Grid: SD281772

Mapcode National: GBR 6NS1.72

Mapcode Global: WH72C.B13H

Entry Name: Swarthmoor Hall

Listing Date: 2 March 1950

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1270174

English Heritage Legacy ID: 460043

Location: Ulverston, South Lakeland, Cumbria, LA12

County: Cumbria

District: South Lakeland

Civil Parish: Ulverston

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Ulverston St Mary with Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Listing Text


626-1/1/139 Swarthmoor Hall


House. Early C17. Restored late C19 and early C20 after
becoming neglected and ruinous. Roughcast with sandstone
ashlar dressings and slate roofs. L-plan (with additions in
the angle of the 'L' made in 1912).
2 storeys plus a 3rd, attic, storey. The windows have
chamfered mullions (some opened out or renewed during
restoration) with diamond-leaded lights.
The south front has one of 4 lights to the left of the door
and ones of 2-3-2 lights to the right, the latter linked by a
continuous hoodmould. On the 1st floor there is one of 3
lights with a hood, and ones of 2-3-3 lights linked by a hood.
The attic is lit by 3 windows of 3 lights. The door has a
chamfered surround with an embattled lintel. Chimney on
left-hand gable.
The right-hand (east) facade has a canted bay window rising to
the full height of the gable of the front range. On the ground
and 1st floors it has a 4-light window with transom facing
forwards and a similar 2-light window to each side. The attic
storey is lit by a stepped window of one light over 3, with
hoodmould. To the right on the ground floor there is a narrow
chamfered door surround with 2 windows of 2 lights to its
right. On the 1st floor there is a chamfered doorway with
hoodmould and a lintel carved with lozenge and intersecting
patterns and with 2 central spirals. The timber balcony is
early C20 and replaces an external stair. To the right there
are windows of 3 lights and 2 lights linked by a hood. The
attic is lit by a 3-light window. Chimneys on right-hand
(rear) gable and at the junction between the rear wing and the
front range.
INTERIOR: much of the interior panelling was restored or
constructed in the early C20 by Emma Clarke Abraham. Judge
Fell's room in the rear wing includes a fireplace surround
which uses timber from a C17 bed. The staircase rises to attic
level around a cage of 4 newels infilled with balusters. On
the 1st floor the eastern room of the front range is panelled,
as is the room in the rear wing which includes a carved
fireplace surround. The front attic room has 3 trusses with
collars, raised ties, and exposed purlins.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Swarthmoor Hall was the home of the Fell
family, who acquired the estate in the C16. Margaret Fell,

wife of Judge Thomas Fell who died in 1658, became a disciple
of George Fox in 1652 and Swarthmoor became a centre for Fox's
missionary travels. In 1669 the couple married.

Listing NGR: SD2818677293

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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