39 HINCASTER (D.g.)
(O.S. 6 in. (a)XLII, N.E., (b)XLII, S.E.)
Hincaster is a township of Heversham, 5 m. S. of
Kendal. Hincaster Hall is the principal monument.
b(1). Hincaster Hall (Plate 115), on the W. side of
the parish, is of two storeys; the walls are of rubble and
the roofs are slate-covered. It was built on a T-shaped
plan, probably late in the 16th century and there is an
18th-century extension on the E. The S. front retains its
original stone-mullioned windows with moulded labels
and there are similar windows at the back and W. end.
The front doorway has an oak frame and a door of
nail-studded battens with strap-hinges. The chimneystacks have cylindrical shafts. Inside the building are
some exposed ceiling-beams and original fireplaces;
one on the ground floor has a three-centred arch of
stone and a second has a flat lintel with a segmental
arch cut on the face; a fireplace on the first floor also
has a flat lintel with two round arches cut on the face
and having three leaves as a stop in the middle; a
second fireplace on the same floor has two square-headed recesses cut on the face of the lintel. The
partition on the ground floor is of 17th-century panelling, with a carved frieze-panel bearing the initials
and date A.M. 1660. There are also some 17th-century panelled doors.
The following monuments, unless otherwise described, are of the 17th century and of two storeys;
the walls are of rubble and the roofs are slate-covered.
Some of the buildings have exposed ceiling-beams.
Condition—Good or fairly good.
b(2). High Barns, house, 450 yards W.N.W. of (1),
is of three storeys. The chimney-stacks have cylindrical shafts.
b(3). Cottage, on the E. side of the road, 330 yards
E.S.E. of (1), contains an original partition of the
local muntin and plank type.
a(4). Well Heads, house, on the N. edge of the parish,
1,600 yards N.E. of (1), was built late in the 17th or
early in the 18th century.
b(5). Greenhead, house, 1,600 yards S.E. of (1), has
18th-century extensions at both ends. The front
doorway has an original door of nail-studded battens
with ornamental strap-hinges. Inside the building
are remains of a partition of the local type and there
are two original panelled doors.