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placename:- Levens Hall
parish Levens parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
building/s; garden
coordinates:- SD49538510
10Km square:- SD48

1Km square SD4985

photograph

Levens Hall -- Levens -- Cumbria / -- North front. -- 12.9.2005
photograph

Levens Hall -- Levens -- Cumbria / -- Topiary garden. -- 12.9.2005

old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 42 7)

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

old print:- Bradley 1901

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Print, uncoloured lithograph, Levens Hall, Levens, Westmorland, by Joseph Pennell, published by Macmillan and Co, London, 1901.
On page 318 of Highways and Byways in the Lake District, by A G Bradley.
printed at lower left:-
AG
printed at lower centre:-
Joseph Pennell
printed at bottom:-
Levens Hall

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1901
period:- 1900s

old print:- Taylor 1892

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Print, Levens Hall, Levens, drawn by G F Weston, 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.199 of The Old Manorial Halls of Cumberland and Westmorland, by Michael Waistell Taylor.

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

old print:- Taylor 1892

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Print, plan of Levens Hall, Levens, 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.200 of The Old Manorial Halls of Cumberland and Westmorland, by Michael Waistell Taylor.

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

old print:- Taylor 1892

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Print, The Garden at Levens Hall, Levens, 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.
On p.204 of The Old Manorial Halls of Cumberland and Westmorland, by Michael Waistell Taylor.

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

source:- Philip/Wilson 1890s

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LEVENS HALL.
date:- 1895
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old print:- Bemrose 1881

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Print, uncoloured, Levens Hall Gardens, Levens, Westmorland, published by Bemrose and Sons, 23 Old Bailey, London and Derby, by A B Moss, Carlisle, Cumberland, and by T Wilson, Kendal, Westmorland, about 1881.
On p.22 of a Handy Guide to the English Lakes and Shap Spa.
printed at bottom:-
LEVENS HALL GARDENS.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1881
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Levens Hall, entrance, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Levens Hall, fireplace with chimney piece, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Levens Hall, topiary gardens, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Levens Hall, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1907.
Vol.2 no.121 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
121. Levens Hall. Heversham. K.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1907
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Levens Hall from the North East, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1907.
Vol.2 no.122 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
122. Levens Hall from the North East. Heversham. K.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1907
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Levens Hall, Entrance, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1900.
Vol.2 no.123 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
123. Levens Hall. Entrance. Heversham. K.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1900
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Levens Hall, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1900.
Vol.2 no.124 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
124. Levens Hall. Heversham. K.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1900
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Levens Hall from the East, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1900.
Vol.2 no.125 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
125. Levens Hall from the East. Heversham. K.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1900
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Levens Hall, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1900.
Vol.2 no.126 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
126. Levens Hall. Heversham. K.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1900
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Levens Hall, the Gardens, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1900.
Vol.2 no.128 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
128. Levens Hall. The Gardens. Heversham. K.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1900
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Levens Hall, the Gardens, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1900.
Vol.2 no.127 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
127. Levens Hall. The Gardens. Heversham. K.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1900
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Levens Hall, the Hall, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1900.
Vol.2 no.129 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
129. Levens Hall. The Hall. Heversham. K.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1900
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Levens Hall, the Drawing Room, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1900.
Vol.2 no.130 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
130. Levens Hall. The Drawing Room. Heversham. K.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1900
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Levens Hall, the Inner Drawing Room, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1900.
Vol.2 no.131 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
131. Levens Hall. The Inner Drawing Room. Heversham. K.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1900
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Levens Hall, Oak Chimneypiece, Levens, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1900.
Vol.2 no.132 in an album, Examples of Early Domestic and Military Architecture in Westmorland, assembled 1910.
ms at bottom:-
132. Levens Hall. Oak Chimney-piece. Heversham. K.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1900
period:- 1900s

old map:- Garnett 1850s-60s H

Map of the English Lakes, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1850s-60s.
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Levens Hall
block, building

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1850=1869
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s; 1860s

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 18:-
...
LEVENS HALL,
The beautiful seat of the Honourable Fulke Greville Howard, stands 'amidst its tall ancestral trees,' on the east side of the river Kent. The hall is a venerable mansion, deeply embosomed in wood. The interior possesses an endless variety of excellent carved work, the oak wainscoatings being enriched with figures, emblematical devices, and ornaments, which are profusely lavished on every part. The gardens were laid out in the old Dutch style, by Mr. Beaumont, gardener to James II, and they are still kept up in the same imposing style of heavy magnificence. The river enters the grounds by a cascade of foaming whiteness, and pursues its way amid lawns, sweetly diversified with trees, whilst herds of deer
As an object for the attention of the antiquary, or the lovers of the picturesque, this hall is unrivalled in this part of the country. Levens chapel, a new
Page 153:-
...
... A beautiful foot-path through Levens-Park leads along the wooded banks of the Kent to Kendal, 5½ miles. Levens-Park, the seat of the Hon. Fulke G. Howard, is the admiration of every one.

placename:- Levens Hall
person:- : Howard, Fulke Greville
person:- gardener : Beaumont, Mr
person:- : James II
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834)

Guidebook, Concise Description of the English Lakes, later A Description of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirky Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823 onwards.
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Page 98:-
... the road crosses the Kent near the ancient mansion of the Howards at Levens; ...
person:- : Howard Family
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

source:- Otley 1818

New Map of the District of the Lakes, in Westmorland, Cumberland, and Lancashire, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, by Jonathan Otley, engraved by J and G Menzies, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, published by J Otley, Keswick, Cumberland now Cumbria, 1818; pblished 1818 to 1850s.
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placename:- Levens

road book:- Cary 1798 (2nd edn 1802)

Road book, Cary's New Itinerary, by John Cary, published by G and J Cary, 86 St James's Street, London, 1798-1828.
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page 315-316
A Mile beyond Heversham, on l. is Leven's Hall, Viscountess Andover.

placename:- Leven's Hall
person:- : Andover, Viscountess
date:- 1802
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

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 Levens, the seat of the Redmans from John till Henry VII. ... the park well stocked with fallow deer and almost equally divided by the river ...

placename:- Levens
person:- : redman Family
date:- 1789
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- West 1784 map

A Map of the Lakes in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, now Cumbria, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, engraved by Paas, 53 Holborn, London, included in the Guide to the Lakes by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Westmorland, and in London, from the 3rd edition 1784, to 1821.
Across the road from the park.
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placename:- Levens Hall
house
county:- Westmorland

descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821)

Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
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Page 26, footnote:-
... From Lancaster to Burton ... to Levens (an ancient seat of the late Earl of Suffolk, where a curious specimen of the old style of gardening may be seen, laid out by the gardener of King James II.) ...
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Addendum; Mr Gray's Journal, 1769
Page 215:-
...
After dinner I went along the Millthorp turnpike, ... at Levens, is the seat of Lord Suffolk, where he sometimes passes the summer; it was a favourite place of his late Countess; but this I did not see.
person:- : Suffolk, Earl of
date:- 1769; 1778
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

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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Levens Hall / Earl of Suffolk
house and formal garden

placename:- Levens Hall
county:- Westmorland
person:- : Suffolk, Earl of
date:- 1770
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

hearth tax returns:- Hearth Tax 1675

Records, hearth tax survey returns, Westmorland, 1674/75.
Upper Levens
in
Levens

placename:- Upper Levens
date:- 1675
period:- 17th century, late; 1670s

old map:- Jansson 1646

Map, Cumbria et Westmoria, or Cumberland and Westmorland, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, by John Jansson, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1646; published 1646-1724.
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Levens bridge
Buildings and tower.

placename:- Levens Bridge
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1646
period:- 17th century, early; 1640s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
LEVENS HALL WITH OLD STABLES AND OUTBUILDINGS AND FLANKING WALLS AT MAIN ENTRANCE TO LEVEN'S HALL FROM A6 / / A6 / LEVENS / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / II / 75544 / SD4959685190
courtesy of English Heritage
Gate piers and attached walls. Probably early Cl9.Stone. Rusticated sandstone piers, square in plan, with moulded plinths and heavily overhanging corniced tops surmounted by limestone pine cones in acanthus cups. Flanked by curving rubble walls.

placename:- Levens Hall
district:- South Lakeland
listed building -- gate piers; stable
coordinates:- SD49598519
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
LEVENS HALL WITH OLD STABLES AND ENTRANCE GATE PIERS / / / LEVENS / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / I / 75547 / SD4953285091
courtesy of English Heritage
House and attached service wings forming courtyard to rear. Mainly C16 for the Bellingham family with earlier (probably C14) core. Extensively remodelled in late C17 for Colonel James Graham (his initials and dates in 1690s on lead rainwater heads) some later alterations and additions for Mary Andover (her initials and dates in the 1780s on rainwater heads); early C19 tower added to rear, attributed to Webster of Kendal. Limestone rubble walls, part rendered, with sandstone dressings; graduated greenslate roof with stone and lead ridges, stone copings and kneelers and massive chimneys, earlier ones with tapered cylindrical stacks. 2 storeys plus basements and attics. Hall has cross-wings and later additions to North and South. 4 bays: irregular: 3rd from left battlemented tower, rest gabled. Stone mullioned-and-transomed windows, mostly under hoodmoulds, decorative leaded glazing of various dates and styles. Recessed central door in eared surround approached by flight of stone steps. 3 lead rainwater pipes: central and left with decorative straps and heads with initials and dates IGD 1692 and 1691 respectively, right with initials and date MA 1796. Return elevation to East has full height canted bay window to right and square gabled bay to left. The lead rainwater pipes to all sides are of various dates and include a number with gilded rainwater heads decorated with crowns and initials MA and dates 1787 and 1788 on service wing, and one with initials and date I & DG 1700 to courtyard. Service wing surmounted by square domed clock-tower dated 1788 with gilded ball finial. Interior has a wealth of C16 and later plasterwork and panelling, for details see R.C.H.M. pp 151-155. The gardens, which were laid out in the late C17 by Monsieur Beamont for Col. Graham are of National Importance and form a vital setting for the house.

placename:- Levens Hall
district:- South Lakeland
listed building -- gate piers; stable
coordinates:- SD49538509
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
GARDEN FEATURE, KNOWN AS SMOKE HOUSE, APPROXIMATELY 200 METRES SOUTH EAST OF LEVENS HALL / / A6 / LEVENS / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / II / 75550 / SD4960484881
courtesy of English Heritage
Garden feature, now known as Smoke House. Shown on 1720 plan of garden but has C19 front. Timber frame walls with lath and plaster infill, rendered; slate roof with stone ridge; studded boarded doors. Listed for group value.
district:- South Lakeland
listed building
coordinates:- SD49608488
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
OLD STABLES APPROXIMATELY 50 METRES NORTH EAST OF LEVENS HALL, COTTAGES ATTACHED TO NORTH WEST AND SOUTH; AND GATE PIERS ATTACHED TO NORTH EAST CORNER AND WALLS / / A6 / LEVENS / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / II[star] / 75545 / SD4958785150
courtesy of English Heritage
Former stables, now houses, attached cottages, walls and gate piers. Probably mid C16 with late C17 remodelling; cottages added to North-West and South; converted to houses mid C20. Stone rubble walls with sandstone dressings. steeply-pitched graduated greenslate roof with stone ridge; and chimneys with paired or single round shafts. 2 storeys. Entrance front (to East): 8 windows, irregular, 2- and 3-light casements with chamfered stone mullions; 4 board doors in chamfered stone surrounds. Garden front: 8 windows, irregular, mostly 2-, 3- or 4-light casements with leaded glazing and chamfered stone mullions, some C20. Original vent slits to upper storey, glazed C20 door in corniced moulded surround. Gate piers part octagonal with moulded shafts surmounted by ball finials and flanked by semicircular-headed blank niches. See R.C.H.M. p155.
district:- South Lakeland
listed building -- gate piers; stable
coordinates:- SD49588515
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
WALLS, GATE PIERS AND GATES APPROXIMATELY 80 METRES LONG, PARALLEL TO, AND 70 METRES NORTH OF ENTRANCE ELEVATION OF LEVENS HALL / / A6 / LEVENS / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / II / 75546 / SD4954585173
courtesy of English Heritage
Walls, gate piers and gates. Probably c1700: similar walls shown on a 1720 plan of gardens appear to be part of Beaumont's original design for gardens of 1692. Rubble walls, with sandstone dressings. Central low portion has moulded copings surmounted by 4 corniced sandstone piers and timber balusters with moulded top and bottom rails and uprights set diagonally. Gateway at centre, flanked by rusticated sandstone piers with plinths and cornices, has later decorative wrought-iron gates with ramped tops and scrolled heads to standards. Each pier surmounted by stone vase; similar vases at intervals on wall. Small wrought-iron lattice-patterned gate at East end. See R.C.H.M. p155.
district:- South Lakeland
listed building -- gate piers; gate
coordinates:- SD49548517
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
HA HA WALL APPROXIMATELY 60 METRES SOUTH SOUTH WEST OF LEVENS HALL / / A6 / LEVENS / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / II / 75549 / SD4947185009
courtesy of English Heritage
Ha Ha wall dating from original design for garden by Beamont c1692. Limestone rubble. Semicircular with radius approx. 10m. Approx. 3m high.
district:- South Lakeland
listed building -- ha ha
coordinates:- SD49478500
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
POTTING SHED WITH ATTACHED STORES AT RIGHT ANGLES AND GATES AT NORTH EAST CORNER, IMMEDIATELY SOUTH WEST OF LEVENS HALL / / A6 / LEVENS / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / II / 75548 / SD4946985066
courtesy of English Heritage
Potting shed, attached stores and gates. Probably early C19. Stone rubble walls with roughly-squared weathered limestone piers to stores; graduated greenslate roof with stone ridge. L-shaped plan. Single storey. 2 windows with fixed glazing bars and glazed door. Interior has 2-bay roof with simple truss with ridge piece, 2 levels of purlins and curved wind braces; flagged floor. Listed for group value.
district:- South Lakeland
listed building
coordinates:- SD49468506
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

old print:- Rose 1832-35 (vol.1 no.58)

Engravings - Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated; from drawings by Thomas Allom, George Pickering, and H Gastineau, described by Thomas Rose, published by H Fisher, R Fisher, and P Jackson, Newgate Street, London, 1832-35.
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Print, uncoloured engraving, Levins Hall, Westmorland, drawn by Thomas Allom, engraved by M J Starling, published by Fisher, Son and Co, London, 1833.
The hall is viewed beyond the topiary gardens.
Vol.1 no.58 in Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated.
printed at bottom left, right, centre:-
T. Allom. / M. J. Starling. / LEVINS HALL, WESTMORLAND, / THE SEAT OF HONBLE. COLN. FULKE-GREVILLE HOWARD. / FISHER SON & Co. LONDON, 1833.

placename:- Levins Hall
date:- 1833
period:- 19th century, early

old print:- Rose 1832-35

Engravings - Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated; from drawings by Thomas Allom, George Pickering, and H Gastineau, described by Thomas Rose, published by H Fisher, R Fisher, and P Jackson, Newgate Street, London, 1832-35.
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placename:- Levins Hall
date:- 1830
period:- 19th century, early

old print:- Sylvan 1847

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Print, engraving, Levens Hall, Westmorland, published by John Johnstone, Paternoster Row, London, et al, 1847.
On p.27 of Sylvan's Pictorial Guide to the English Lakes.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1847
period:- 19th century, early

old print:- Morris 1866-80

4 volumes of colour lithographs, A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, edited by Francis Orpen Morris, published by William Mackenzie, 69 Ludgate Hill, London, etc, 1866-80?
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Print, coloured lithograph, Levens Hall, Levens, Westmorland, about 1880?
printed at bottom centre:-
LEVENS HALL.

placename:- Levens Hall
date:- 1880
period:- 19th century, late

photographs
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tiny photograph, 
button to large Levens Hall -- Levens -- Cumbria / -- Topiary garden. -- 12.9.2005
tiny photograph, 
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hearsay Perhaps a 15th century pele; enclosed in a 17th-18th century hall, with 19th century additions.
Mrs Humphrey Ward, grandaughter of Dr Arnold, wrote Helbeck of Bannisdale while at Levens Hall.

notes Thomas H Mawson designed a water garden at Levens Hall, 1920s, for the tenant, LtCol Sir James P Reynolds.
Waymark, Janet: 2009: Thomas Mawson, Life, Gardens and Landscapes: Lincoln, Francis (London)
Longville, Tim & Corbett, Val (photr): 2007: Gardens of the Lake District: Lincoln, Frances (London)
: 2012: Cumbria Gardens 2012: National Gardens Scheme

observation In the entrance hall there are two framed estate maps:-
A MAPP of LEAVENS PARK
and:-
A MAP OF LEAVENS GARDING
by Robert Skyring, about 1745.

story The Grey Lady who haunts the road outside the hall is probably the ghost of a gypsy who was refused food and shelter by the Lord of the Manor, and died of starvation, in the early 18th century. She died with a curse on the family, that no son would be born to inherit till the River Kent ceased flowing and a white fawn was born in the herd of black fallow deer in the park. In 1896 the Kent froze over, and a white fawn was born; and there was a son to the family.
There is a traditional toast at the hall:-
Luck to Levens while the Kent flows.

hearsay A potent beer was brewed here, called Morocco. The recipe is said to have introduced by a Howard, a Crusader knight, and it was kept 21 years before tapping.
... almost dark, pours like oil, and tastes mild as milk in its treachery ...

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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