Yanwath Hall

Venue Type & Location

Private Residence

Site Name: Yanwath Hall
Location: Yanwath Hall
County: Westmorland
Location Type: Countryside - at determined location

Performance Spaces


A fortified pink sandstone tower house on the S side of the River Eamont, close to the junction of the medieval route from York to Carlisle and the main road N from Kendal.

Regarded as one of the finest fortified manor houses in the country, Yanwath has 3 of the 4 wings of the courtyard remaining.

Performance History

Probable performance venue. No Dudley household records survive but entertainers under the family's patronage performed elsewhere in the late 16th c./early 17th c.

Current Status

Still part of the Lowther estate, now occupied as a farmhouse.

History of the Venue

1322 Pele tower built by John de Sutton.

15th c. 2-storey hall range along the S built by the Threlkeld family.

1520 Thomas Dudley acquired the estate through marriage to Grace, daughter & coheiress of Sir Lancelot Threlkeld of Threlkeld. Hall block partly rebuilt and enlarged.

Late 16th c. Hall subdivided horizontally, with the original roof visible only on the upper level. E side of E range and N and S walls of kitchen rebuilt; N wing built.

1654 Property purchased by Sir John Lowther from Thomas Dudley's son Christopher.

1671 Lowthers took possession of the house, now ruinous.

Record Source

REED Coventry 310; Cumb/Westmld/Glouc 69

Patrons who owned this venue

Name Dates Titles
Dudley, Edmund 1543-1614
Dudley, Thomas 0-1623

Bibliographic Sources

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