Irton Hall


Irton Hall. Irton Hall incorporates a grade-II*-listed medieval fortified tower house (centre); the main house (far left) and clock tower (right) date from 1874, and are grade II listed. Formerly a hotel, the hall was being renovated in 2008; the white buildings on the far right are rented as holiday cottages.
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  • Irton-with-Santon, Eskdale, Cumbria.
  • Grade II Listed Building.


1066                    After: Land granted to the d’Yrton family.

*                           Richard d’Yrton is the first mentioned of the family at the site

c.1100                Bartram d’Yrton granted some lands to the Abbey at York.

*                           Bartram passed and his son, Adam d’Yrton inherited. He married Joan Stutville.

1096                   Adam is recorded in texts as having been a Knight’s Hospitaller who accompanied Godfrey of Boulogne to the Holy Land where he apparently killed a Sarsen General hence the images of Sarsens at Irton Hall.

*                          Adam was succeeded by his son, Hugh d’Yrton. He married Gertrude Tiliol whose family held Scaleby Castle.

*                          Hugh d’Yrton was succeeded by his son Edmund, who went on Crusade with Richard I. Unfortunately, he died on the Crusade. He had married the daughter of Edmund Dudley before heading off and produced a male heir, Stephen.

*                          Stephen d’Yrton succeeded his father to Irton Hall. He married Jane Dacre and produced three sons – Roger, Randolph and Thomas. Roger was the heir; Randolph went into the Church. He began as a priest at Rouen in Normandy, then was Prior at Gisburn. He was a confidential Commissioner to Edward I, and instrumental in the marriage between Prince Edward and Queen Margaret of Scotland.

1262                    Stephen d’Yrton was Constable at Tuttesbury.

1280                   Randolph d’Yrton became Bishop of Carlisle.

1281                   Randolph d’Yrton recovered the Manor and church of Dalton through legal proceedings.

1292                    Randolph d’Yrton died at Linstock

*                           Stephen d’Yrton died and was succeeded by his eldest son, Roger, who married and produced a male heir.

*                           William d’Yrton succeeded his father, Roger. He married Grace Hanmer and produced a male heir.

*                           Roger succeeded William. He married Susan, the daughter of Sir Alexander Braithwaite, who was killed at the Battle of Dunbar in 1296. With the marriage came the manors of Basinthwaite, Loweswater and Unthank. The marriage produced a son, Adam.

*                          Adam succeeded his father. He married Elizabeth, the heiress to Sir John Copeland. The marriage added the manors of Berker, Berby and Senton to the family’s holdings. Adam’s father in law, Sir John Copeland, was captured at Neville’s Cross in 1346 by David, King of Scotland. The marriage produced 2 sons, Richard and Alexander. Adam rebuilt much of the Hall. Increased the height to 4 storeys.

1327-1377          Between: Built in granite.

*                           Richard succeeded his father. He married Margaret, daughter of John Broughton, Staffordshire. They had a son.

*                          Christopher succeeded his father and was titles Christopher Irton of Irton. He married Margaret, daughter of Richard Redman of Herwood Castle, and produced a son.

*                            Nicholas succeeded his father. He married the daughter of William Dykes of Wardell. They produced a son.

1434                     Nicholas is mentioned in the list of Gentry.

*                            John succeeded his father. He married Anne, daughter of Sir Thomas Lamplugh, Knight. They produced a son.

*                            William succeeded his father. He married one of the daughters of the Fleming family and produced a son.

1493                     William was appointed General to the Duke of Gloucester, and his deputy Lieutenant.

*                            Thomas succeeded his father. He fought at Flodden and was Knighted on the field by the Earl of Surrey.

1503                     Thomas Irton was killed in a skirmish at Kelso.

*                             Thomas succeeded his father. He married Anne, daughter of Sir William Middleton, Knight, they produced a son.

1531                      Thomas was appointed High Sheriff of Cumberland.

c.1544                    Richard Irton held the Hall, Manor and town of Irton. He was married and produced a son.

*                              Christopher succeeded his father.

1543                      Christopher married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Malory, Studeley Park. They produced a son.

*                             John succeeded his father.

1577                      John married Dorothy, daughter of Roger Kirkby of Furness.

*                             John succeeded his father, John.

1638                     John married Anne, the sister of Sir Henry Ponsonby, ancestor of the Earl of Besborough.

1644                     John supported the garrison at Carlisle Castle during the Civil War.

1649-1651           Between: Visited by Oliver Cromwell.

*                           John was succeeded by his son, John.

1658                    John married Elizabeth, daughter of Musgrave of Meatrig.

1667                    John’s son, John, was born.

*                          John died and was succeeded by his son George. He married Elizabeth, daughter of David Poole esq. and produced a son.

*                           George succeeded his father, George.

1675                   George was in London to celebrate the return of Charles II. It was reported that he kissed the hand of the new King.

1695                    George married Elizabeth, daughter of David Poole esq. They produced 2 sons and 5 daughters.

1716                    Samuel, the future heir was born.

1749                   George died and was succeeded by his son, Samuel. He married Frances, daughter of Robert Tubman of Cockermouth. They produced 3 sons and 3 daughters.

1764                   Samuel updated and renovated Irton Hall.

1765                   Samuel was appointed High Sheriff of Cumberland.

1766                   Samuel died in London and was succeeded by his son Edmund Lamplugh Irton.

*                          Edmund led a very extravagant lifestyle and was forced to sell of much of the family land holdings to support this.

1792                   Edward Lamplugh Irton surveyed and recoded much of Hardknot Castle, Cumbria – the Roman fort.

1796                   Samuel was born.

1808                  The Parish was enclosed.

1808                   Irton Hall won a prize for planting the most trees within its grounds – 15,000 oaks and some larch were planted in just one year!

1820                   Edmund died and was succeeded by Samuel.

1825                   Samuel married Eleanor, 2nd daughter of Joseph Tiffin Senhouse, of Calder Abbey. They produced no heirs. During his lifetime he relocated the entranceway of Irton Hall.

*                           Samuel was the Commissioner for the Peace for Cumberland.

1833-1847          Samuel was a Member of Parliament for Cumberland.

1852-1856          Samuel was a Member of Parliament for Cumberland.


Irton Hall Chapel 1860



1872                     Irton Hall was sold to Mr. J. L. Burns-Lindow of Ingwall. The infamous Library of Irton Hall was burned, along with many of the documents relating to the Irton family and their history at the Hall through the generations. He remodeled and enlarged the Hall, added the west wing, removed the Irton coat of arms, and rebuilt the stables.

1874                    Rebuilt and enlarged, a gatehouse was added.

1893                    Mr. J. L. Burns-Lindow died

1895                    The Estate purchased by Thomas Brocklebank.

1967                    Field Investigation.

1967-1980’s        Used as a school for children with Cerebral Paulsey.

21st C                   Holiday accommodation.





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