Ancient Mansion Houses.
Ancient Mansion Houses.]—There are few ancient mansion houses in this
county independently of the castles, which contain any thing remarkable, or worthy of particular notice, except the large square tower, of
three or four stories, which was attached to most of them, with walls of
great thickness; intended for the retreat and defence of the family,
upon any sudden predatory incursion of the Scots. The chamber on
the ground-floor was vaulted, and the entrance secured by a strong grated
iron door. These towers are to be seen at Muncaster, Irton-hall, Netherby,
Nether-hall, and several other mansion houses, at present occupied by the
gentry of the county, though frequently almost hidden by modern alterations. One of them stands detached from any other building, at KirkAndrews-upon-Eske: this, which is quite entire, has a projecting parapet
resting on brackets, and indented gable ends, in the style of the ancient
buildings in the neighbouring part of Scotland: at one corner is a stone
stair-case; the dimensions of this tower are twenty-eight feet by thirty-seven
feet six inches.
Dalston-hall, Hewthwaite-hall (fn. 1) , Lamplugh-hall, Drumburgh-castle, Harbybrow and Hardrigg-hall, are ancient mansion-houses, still retaining altogether, or in part, their original form; but neither of them appear to be of an
earlier date than the beginning of the sixteenth century.
||See Parochial History, p. 44.