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A Grade II* Listed Building in Bassenthwaite, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.6446 / 54°38'40"N

Longitude: -3.1919 / 3°11'30"W

OS Eastings: 323178

OS Northings: 528378

OS Grid: NY231283

Mapcode National: GBR 6G4Q.RT

Mapcode Global: WH6ZZ.YJ66

Plus Code: 9C6RJRV5+V6

Entry Name: Mirehouse

Listing Date: 3 March 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1326263

English Heritage Legacy ID: 72102

Location: Bassenthwaite, Allerdale, Cumbria, CA12

County: Cumbria

District: Allerdale

Civil Parish: Bassenthwaite

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Binsey Team

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

Tagged with: English country house Historic house museum

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House. Probably late C17 with C18 alterations for the Gregg family; 1790 wings for Thomas Story and rear extensions of 1830 by Joseph Cantwell for John Spedding, with further extension of 1851 and 1883.

Painted-roughcast walls, with angle pilasters and eaves cornice, on chamfered plinth; quoined extensions. Graduated greenslate roof, with ashlar and yellow brick chimney stacks. Two storeys, seven bays with flanking two storey, single-bay wings; lower drawing-room extension to right and two storey, three bay servants' wing to left. Panelled and glazed double doors in tetrastyle Ionic porch. Sash windows with glazing bars in stone architraves. Wings have two storey canted bays under hipped roofs, with four-light sash windows, those lights in centre with rounded heads. Right extension has sash windows with glazing bars in eared architraves. Servants' wing has mixed fenestration, mostly with glazing bars in stone surrounds. Rear panelled door, sash windows with glazing bars and Venetian staircase window, all in stone surrounds.

Interior is wholly late C18 and C19. Panelled doors throughout in panelled reveals, that into drawing-room extension under radial fanlight. Panelled shutters to most windows. Moulded plaster ceilings and cornices in ground-floor rooms.

Given by the Earl of Derby to his agent Roger Gregg before 1688 and remained in that family and their kinsmen the Storys, until 1802, when it was left to the Speddings of Armathwaite Hall. Still the home of the Spedding family and open to the public. Of particular interest for its associations with Thomas Carlyle, Tennyson and other literary friends of James Spedding (1808-1881), who were frequent visitors to the house.

Listing NGR: NY2317828378

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