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placename:- Moot Hall
locality:- Keswick
parish Keswick parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
moot hall; market hall
coordinates:- NY26632343
10Km square:- NY22

1Km square NY2623


Moot Hall -- Keswick -- Keswick -- Cumbria / -- 12.12.2007

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
Page 51:-
[Keswick] ... The Town-Hall was built in 1813, on the site of the old Court House; the bell on which the clock strikes was removed from the seat of the Radcliffes, on Lord's Island, and is inscribed 'H. O. R. O., 1001.' This building is used both for a court-room, and also for marketing
Page 52:-
and other public purposes. ...
person:- : Radcliffe Family
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

old text:- Clarke 1787

Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787 and 1789; and Plans of the Lakes ... 1793.
Page 101:-
... The bell in the market-hall has 1001 upon it, and King Edward did not begin his reign till 1272. Some tell us this bell came from Monk's-Hall, and that it belonged to Furness Abbey; this, however, cannot be the case; for Furness Abbey was founded by King Stephen, who began to reign, A.D. 1130; nor are we much nearer, if the opinion be true that he founded this Abbey in 1127, when he was Earl of Bullen. Perhaps the most probable conjecture is, that this bell came from the Island, and was the dinner-bell of the Derwentwater family, who built this hall.
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- Clarke 1787 map (Der)

Map series, lakes and roads to the Lakes, by James Clarke, engraved by S J Neele, 352 Strand, London, included in A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, published by James Clarke, Penrith, and in London etc, from 1787 to 1793.
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building in the Market

date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
courtesy of English Heritage
On island site at south end of street. Original building was 1571, rebuilt 1695. Present building 1813. Lime-washed stone and slate walling with stone dressings and quoins. Square tower on north end with round-arched doorway up double flight of steps with wrought iron railings, a half-moon window, and clock face or blind circle above; top cornice and pagoda roof with windvane. Side facades have 3 round- arched windows up, and 3 round arches below, formerly open, now barred. Scheduled AM.

placename:- Moot Hall
district:- Allerdale
listed building
coordinates:- NY26632343
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

photocopy Whitehead 1889:-
vol.11 p.152

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vol.11 p.153

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vol.11 p.154

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vol.11 p.155

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vol.11 p.156

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vol.11 p.157

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Whitehead, H: 1889: Keswick Town Clock bell: TransCWAAS: vol.11: pp.152-157

old print:-
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Print, uncoloured engraving, Derwentwater, from Keswick, Cumberland, engraved by Paterson, 1900s?
On page 285 of Our Own Country. A view of Keswick roof tops with the lake in the distance.
printed at bottom:-
date:- 1900=1909
period:- 1900s

hearsay Built 1813, replacing a 16th century court house. The earlier building was the Receiving House where copper was stamped with the queen's mark in the reign of Elizabeth I. The building is said to have used stone from the ruins of the Radcliffe mansion on Lord's Island. The turret clock is one handed, dated 1610, and is possibly from the Radcliffe ruins.
The ground level was once open, for market stalls. It was once a prison.

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