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HAWKSHEAD OLD HALL

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  HAWKSHEAD COURTHOUSE
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Hawskhead Old Hall, now a farmhouse, is mainly of 17th century date with medieval origins. It is constructed of roughcast stone with a slate roof. The hall was part of the Cistercian grange at Hawkshead, associated with Furness Abbey, and was originally attached by a south wing to Hawkshead Courthouse. Hawkshead Courthouse was also part of the monastic grange and dates to the 13th century with 15th century remodelling. Further alterations and restorations have been dated to 1848 and 1932. It is constructed of stone rubble with ashlar dressings under a slate roof. It was initially used as the 'sessions house' or place where the manorial courts were held; the abbey held the manor of Hawkshead for over three hundred years. It also served as the gatehouse to the grange. Following the dissolution of Furness Abbey in 1537 use of the courthouse as such still continued whilst the lower floors were used as a farm building. Eventually the whole building was converted for farm use. When Hawkshead Church was being restored in 1875 the courthouse was licensed for the holding of ecclesiastical services. In 1932 the then owner, Mr HS Cowper, made a gift of the property to the National Trust.

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