History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Excavations have revealed that there was a hall and cross wing here as early as the late 14th century, possibly built by Elainor Engaine or her son William Wyberg. That early structure was replaced by the current tower in the late 15th or early 16th century. The house was extended several times in the 17th and 18th centuries, but the hall was destroyed in the early 19th century, leaving only the pele tower standing.
The tower stands three stories high. It is crenellated all around, and there is a turret in the southwest corner. The interior floors have been largely removed, allowing visitors to see the 'bones' of the building, including a wonderful timber ceiling and rafter system. There are several fireplaces remaining, and the overall layout of the rooms is easy to make out. In all, Clifton Hall provides a good glimpse into life in a medieval fortified house.
The tower is open at any reasonable time. It is located within Clifton Hall Farm, a 19th-century farmhouse which incorporates an inscribed Roman memorial slab into one wall.
About Clifton Hall
Address: Carletown Village, Clifton, Cumbria, England, CA10 2EA
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Signposted from the A6 opposite the church. Limited parking in a layby near the church, east side of the A6.
Website: Clifton Hall
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Clifton Hall Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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