Eskdale – Irton Hall
Irton, Holmrook, Cumbria. CA19 1TE.
Irton Hall was home to the lords of the manors of Irton and Melthwaite. The 14th century pele tower is still preserved, but the other parts of the mansion are of various and more modern dates, much by Grayson 1874, in the Elizabethan style. There is also a Victorian clock tower.
The hall is steeped in history – both Oliver Cromwell and Henry VI found their way to Irton Hall. Within the grounds is a 1000 year old tree – The Kings Oak. Tradition has it that Henry VI arrived at Irton Hall and sought shelter, being refused by the then owner, Irton a Yorkist, King Henry spent the night under the great oak in front of the house, which still stands and is hence called ‘The Kings Oak’. The next day Henry VI fled over the fell to Muncaster where he was welcomed and so impressed with his reception he presented a glass bowl to Muncaster which is known as ‘The Luck of Muncaster.’
There is a public footpath running through the hall grounds to St Paul’s church, about a quarter of a mile away.
Aerial photo by Simon Ledingham.
Related links :
Go to Menu :