Townend Yeoman Farming House
Location : Troutbeck
Grid Ref : NY 407023
Troutbeck, Windermere, LA23 1LB. Tel 015394 32628
Townend presents a unique insight into the life of one Lake District family through the centuries. The house was built in 1626 for George Browne, a ‘statesman’ (wealthy yeoman) farmer and his new bride, Susannah Rawlinson. It remained with the family until 1943 when it transferred into National Trust ownership.
Townend is now the most famous of the statesman’s houses in Cumbria and has been kept as the Brownes had it throughout their long history at the house. Much of the furniture was made especially for the Browne family and features some remarkable examples of carving.
Full of interesting nooks and crannies, Townend has a rather dark interior, so is best appreciated on a bright day. The large chimneys are an imposing feature as the house is approached from the road.
Children will find Townend a fascinating place to visit, and a discovery sheet is available to guide them round the house.
The house is owned by the National Trust.
Related Links : National Trust handbook entry