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placename:- Kentmere Hall
locality:- Kentmere
parish Kentmere parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
building/s
coordinates:- NY45120423
10Km square:- NY40

1Km square NY4504

photograph

Kentmere Hall -- Kentmere -- Kentmere -- Cumbria / -- 4.6.2006
photograph

Kentmere Hall -- Kentmere -- Kentmere -- Cumbria / -- 17.10.2008

old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 27 9)

County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.

placename:- Kentmere Hall
building/s
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old print:- Taylor 1892

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Print, halftone photograph, Kentmere Tower ie Kentmere Hall, Kentmere, Westmorland, published for the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, by Titus Wilson, Kendal, Westmorland, and by Charles Thurnam and Sons, Carlisle, Cumberland, 1892.
Tipped in opposite p.219 of The Old Manorial Halls of Cumberland and Westmorland, by Michael Waistell Taylor.

placename:- Kentmere Tower
date:- 1892
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old print:- Taylor 1892

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Print, plan of Kentmere Hall, Kentmere, Westmorland, published for the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, by Titus Wilson, Kendal, Westmorland, and by Charles Thurnam and Sons, Carlisle, Cumberland, 1892.
Tipped in between pp.220-221 of The Old Manorial Halls of Cumberland and Westmorland, by Michael Waistell Taylor.

placename:- Kentmere Hall
date:- 1892
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old print:- Taylor 1892

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Print, halftone photograph, Kentmere Hall, Kentmere, Westmorland, published for the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, by Titus Wilson, Kendal, Westmorland, and by Charles Thurnam and Sons, Carlisle, Cumberland, 1892.
Tipped in between pp.220-221 of The Old Manorial Halls of Cumberland and Westmorland, by Michael Waistell Taylor.

placename:- Kentmere Hall
date:- 1892
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Kentmere Hall, Kentmere, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
stamped on reverse:-
HERBERT BELL / Photographer / AMBLESIDE
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Kentmere Hall from the West, Kentmere, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1894.
Vol.2 no.159 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
159. Kentmere Hall from the West. Kendal. K.

placename:- Kentmere Hall
date:- 1894
period:- 1890s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Kentmere Hall from the East, Kentmere, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1894.
Vol.2 no.160 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
160. Kentmere Hall from the East. Kendal. K.

placename:- Kentmere Hall
date:- 1894
period:- 1890s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Kentmere Hall, Kentmere, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1894.
Vol.2 no.161 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
161. Kentmere Hall. Kendal. K.

placename:- Kentmere Hall
date:- 1894
period:- 1890s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Kentmere Hall, the Tower, Kentmere, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1894.
Vol.2 no.162 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
162. Kentmere Hall, The Tower. Kendal. K.

placename:- Kentmere Hall
date:- 1894
period:- 1890s

source:- Martineau 1855

Guide book, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855; published 1855-71.
Page 175:-
... Kentmere Hall,- the birthplace of Bernard Gilpin, in 1517. ...
person:- : Gilpin, Bernard
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
Page 139:-
...
... Kentmere Hall, an ancient tower, that unwearied apostle of the north, and sincere confessor of the gospel, Bernard Gilpin, some time rector of Houghton-le-Spring, in Durham, was born. ...
Page 159:-
...
[Kentmere Tarn] ... Near it stands the ancient Hall, a tower building.

placename:- Kentmere Hall
person:- : Gilpin, Bernard
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

old text:- Camden 1789 (Gough Additions)

Britannia, or A Chorographical Description of the Flourishing Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, by William Camden, 1586, translated from the 1607 Latin edition by Richard Gough, published London, 1789.
Page 153:-
...
At Kentmere was settled from the reign of John the antient family of Gilpin, from whom descended the pious Bernard, rector of Houghton le Spring, born here about 1517. Their antient hall still remains with a tower.

placename:- Kentmere Hall
person:- : Gilpin Family
person:- clergyman : Gilpin, Bernard
date:- 1789
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old text:- Clarke 1787

Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787 and 1789; and Plans of the Lakes ... 1793.
Page 137:-
There is a beam in the house of Kentmere-Hall said to be laid up by him: I wrote to a Mr Birket of Kentmere to see if he could find any date upon it, who wrote me the following plain, but sensible letter.
To Mr JAMES CLARKE,
Land-Surveyor, &c. PENRITH, CUMBERLAND.
SIR,
"I RECEIVED your letter, and have taken the dimensions of the beam at Kentmere Hall, which is 30 feet in length, and 13 inches by 12 and a half in thickness; but there is no inscription upon it, as you mentioned in your letter; but I shall inform you what has been given by tradition, (and I had it from a man that was 104 years old when he died.) When the Hall was building, and the workmen gone to dinner, this man, whose name was Herd, happened to be there, and while they were at dinner laid it up himself. He lived at Troutbeck Park, in a cottage house there, and was remarkable for his strength. At the time the Scots frequently made incursions into England, he with his bows and arrows killed them in coming of the mountains at a place which still retains the name of Scot-Rake, which is about a mile distant from where he lived. One of the kings of England hearing of him, sent for him to London, and got him a bow made, which he said was no bow for a man; they then made him another, he tied them together and broke them. At that time there was a man the most capital wrestler in the kingdom, which he was to wrestle with; the first fall was not satisfactory to the man; they took hold again, and Herd broke his back, threw him off the stage, and asked if that was a fair fall? The king asked what he would have for his journey, he only asked for the little place where he lived, and it still retains the name of Herd's house. There is at the Hall a pair of the largest buck horns that any person now living has ever seen, they are a yard long, with seven knaps on each horn, and the round part as thick as a
Page 138:-
"common scythe shaft at the thickest part. This is the best information I can give you, and what has always been common report. I am, SIR,
"Yours, &c.
MATT. BIRKET.
Kentmere, the 1st of March 1786.
"P.S. I think the man's name was Hugh Herd."
...

placename:- Kentmere Hall
person:- : Birket, Mr
person:- : Hird, Hugh; Cork Lad of Kentmere
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- Jefferys 1770 (Wmd)

Map, The County of Westmoreland, scale about 1 inch to 1 mile, surveyed by J Ainslie and perhaps T Donald, engraved and published by Thomas Jefferys, London, 1770.
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Hall
circle, labelled in italic lowercase text; settlement, farm, house, or hamlet?
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1770
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

hearth tax returns:- Hearth Tax 1675

Records, hearth tax survey returns, Westmorland, 1674/75.
Kentmere hall
in
Kentmere

placename:- Kentmere hall
date:- 1675
period:- 17th century, late; 1670s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
KENTMERE HALL AND ATTACHED BARN / / / KENTMERE / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / II[star] / 76478 / NY4510004236

placename:- Kentmere Hall
district:- South Lakeland
listed building -- barn
coordinates:- NY45100423
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
SHIPPON & HAYBARN ADJOINING SOUTH EAST CORNER KENTMERE HALL / / / KENTMERE / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / II / 76479 / NY4512404234
district:- South Lakeland
listed building -- barn
coordinates:- NY45120423
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Kentmere Hall -- Kentmere -- Kentmere -- Cumbria / -- 3.2.2010

hearsay Home of the Gilpin Family. It is said that king John awarded the hall to Richard Gilpin for killing a ferocious wild boar - the 'last wild boar in England', about 1325.
William Gilpin was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field, 1485.
Bernard Gilpin, born here 1517, was an influential churchman, involved in the Reformation, known as the Apostle of the North. He was sent to the Tower to be executed, but on the journey his horse fell and he broke a leg. The delay saved his life, Mary died and Elizabeth reinstated him as Archdeacon at Durham.

notes 14th century tower and later hall
Perriam, D R & Robinson, J: 1998: Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria: CWAAS:: ISBN 1 873124 23 6; plan and illustrations

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