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Benson Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Skelsmergh and Scalthwaiterigg, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.3416 / 54°20'29"N

Longitude: -2.7089 / 2°42'31"W

OS Eastings: 354010

OS Northings: 494235

OS Grid: SD540942

Mapcode National: GBR 9LJ7.BF

Mapcode Global: WH82X.C49H

Entry Name: Benson Hall

Listing Date: 21 February 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1311740

English Heritage Legacy ID: 75742

Location: Skelsmergh and Scalthwaiterigg, South Lakeland, Cumbria, LA9

County: Cumbria

District: South Lakeland

Civil Parish: Skelsmergh and Scalthwaiterigg

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Skelsmergh St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Listing Text


9/162 Benson Hall


Farmhouse. Probably C16 with C18 and C19 extensions. Stone rubble with slate
roofs. West facade of 3 storeys and 3 bays, 2nd and 3rd bays are C18. Windows
have flat arches and are sashed with vertical glazing barns and horns; 1st bay
of ground floor has small light. Possible loop to 2nd floor. Entrance to 2nd
bay has C20 door. Gable-end stacks. North return has sashed windows and attic
windows. South return has blocked entrance and 2 windows, the 1st former
entrance, under dripcourse, to ground floor. East elevation has projection to
north end under catslide roof and with canted angle. Round-headed stair window
has small-paned fixed glazing with top intersecting glazing bars. Large
single-storey gabled C19 extension. Interior has thick wall, the original east
wall to 1st bay, with entrance passage through, which has draw bar holes to
former external entrance. Oval holes in floors above passage have iron grilles
in timber frames and rectangular hole in attic floor, probably for hoisting
purposes. Spiral stair opens off passage. Vaulted chamber to ground floor.
Stair has open string; upper flight has 2 turned balusters to the tread, and
balustrading to 2nd floor. 6-fielded-panel doors with H-L hinges and drop
handles. Room to 1st floor has entrance to spiral stair and closet with opening
to small chamber in floor, possibly priest hide, cased beams, dado rail and
cornice, fireplace has eared architrave, lattice frieze and dentilled cornice;
similar room has later partition. Attic, not inspected, has moulded beams with
run out stops, probably C16, and access down ladder to chamber in north-east
angle, said to be cock pit but possible priest hide or storage space.

Listing NGR: SD5401094235

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