Saturday, May 25, 2013

Kendal, Benson Hall

Benson Hall

Ok...again I've presented a photo that's not really up to much. Benson Hall is hidden by a small hill on its Eastern side and a host of farm buildings on its West side. The only view that can really be had of this curious building, is from the North...shown below...and all we get here is one gable end.

The building we see today consists of a mish mash of 16th, 18th and 19th century extensions and alterations. Benson Hall reputedly still retains the remains of an earlier building, ie, a pele tower.....a newel stair connects the ground floor and first floor, and there is a vaulted chamber on the ground floor. One of the internal walls, thicker than the 19th century walls around it, still has an entrance way through it with the remains of draw bar slots in it, possibly indicating an original entrance into the hall or tower. There is in fact very little information regarding this building, most of the info here coming from the listed building text that is available on line.

As I find more information regarding this building, I'll post it here.

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