A Visit to Mirehouse, Keswick

A Visit to Mirehouse, Keswick

A Visit to Mirehouse, Keswick

Mirehouse is in many ways a typical 17th-century English Manor House. The grounds lead down to the eastern shore of Bassenthwaite.

Mirehouse is situated just outside Keswick and is the home of the Speddings, a family who have all kinds of literary connections including William Wordsworth, Alfred Tennyson, Thomas Carlyle, Francis Bacon and Edward Fitzgerald. The house has been in the same family since 1688.

The grounds have a walled garden, wildflower meadow, and bee garden. The waymarked nature walk allows visitors to wander and enjoy the lakeside scenery. This trail is the only east-shore walk on Bassenthwaite.

The Lakeland landscape is dramatic. With views across to Dodd Wood, Skiddaw and Broom Fell.

A Visit to Mirehouse, Keswick

Inside this historic house is a collection of furniture, portraits and original letters of their family friendships with their literary friends.

The central part of the house was built in 1666 by the 8th Earl of Derby as a lodge for his visits to his Cumbrian estates. In 1688, The Earl sold the house to his agent Roger Gregg and their kinsmen the Story’s. After the passing of Thomas Story in 1882, the house was left in his will to John Spedding of Armathwaite Hall at the north end of the lake.

The Georgian Gothic bays were added in 1790. In 1830, the south side of the house was demolished and new higher rooms were built under the direction of London architect, Joseph Cantwell.

The Chapel, which protruded to the south of the house was pulled down by the Speddings in 1965 as it was full of dry rot.

Mirehouse is open to the public from April to October. Tickets can be bought at the Old Sawmill at Dodd Wood where you can obtain refreshments and park your car.

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