Historic manor house goes onto the market

A STUNNING manor house with links to Cumbria’s very own Robin Hood has gone onto the


Camerton Hall, in the picturesque village of Camerton, near Cockermouth, has historic links

to ‘Black Tom of the North’ - a warrior named Thomas Curwen who took from the rich but

gave to the poor.

The beautiful double-fronted property, built on the site of the Curwen’s ancestral home, is for sale with an asking price of £1.75 million.

Grand: Camerton Hall

Nick Miller, of Fine and Country North Cumbria, said Camerton Hall was a rare and special


“This really is a beautiful home that has been kept by its owners in immaculate order.

“Camerton has it all, grand rooms, stately proportions with stunning architectural features

and an idyllic setting.

“And though the property as it stands today was built by the Cooke family in the mid-1800s,

the site has a rich history stretching back centuries.”

Nick, a property expert and solicitor, added: “Not many people are aware of the existence of

Black Tom of the North, but his links to Camerton are fascinating.

“This represents a rare opportunity for someone to acquire a home of this quality.”

History has it that Black Tom of the North, a Lord of the Manor of Camerton, would join with

other families in the area to carry out daring raids on wealthy landowners on the Scottish

borders and the Irish Sea.

Though fierce, he would regularly hand out food to the poorest residents in the area.

His tomb now rests at nearby St Peter’s Church, paid for by parishioners in thanks for his

protection and generosity towards them during turbulent times at the end of the medieval


A Pele tower - a defensive structure designed to withstand sieges - once stood on the site of

Camerton Hall, before it was incorporated into what is now the home’s beautiful banqueting


A secret window and doorway into this older part of the house were uncovered by present

owners Richard and Faith Cole 11 years ago.

The recently refurbished hall, which boasts nine bedrooms, four bathrooms and two

kitchens, along with six acres of pristine grounds, is currently used to host

afternoon cream teas.

Mr Cole said living at Camerton Hall had been a wonderful experience.

“It’s a beautiful property in a lovely, quiet valley. It really has been a delight to live here.

“Finding historic idiosyncracies at Camerton has been exciting, coupled with its fascinating

links to the Curwen family and its fine Art Nouveau features.”

Mr Cole added: “We’ve both enjoyed our time here. Now it will make a lovely home for

someone else.”

For more information about Camerton Hall, please contact Fine and Country North Cumbria

on 01228 583109.