Abbot Hall-Kents Bank

Abbot Hall Kents Bank

Abbot Hall Kents Bank:   (formerly the Lambert Manor) is located on an ancient site dating from about 1160.

It stands on the site of an ancient dwelling built for the Abbot of Furness.

There is little reason to doubt that Abbot Hall was once a resting point from where the Abbot of Furness broke his journey when crossing the sands of Morecambe Bay.

The medieval buildings of Abbot Hall have long since disappeared.

Since the Dissolution of the monasteries, Abbott Hall became, for a long time, a private residence, passing through various families’ hands over the years. In later years it became a  Wesley Guild Holiday Home.

The current mansion was rebuilt in the 1840s after the death of a Mrs Carter.

Mrs Carter left the property to her wealthy niece Miss Mary Lambert who, perhaps, was the wealthiest lady to ever have lived in Cartmel.

Miss Lambert also built Boarbank Hall and left bequests to St Mary’s church in nearby Allithwaite.

Around 1900, Abbot Hall was a school, known as Abbot Hall Preparatory School. It catered for boys aged eight to fifteen.

The headmaster was Mr Hubert Lowry, M.A and assisted by a Mrs Lowry.

For many years, Abbot Hall ran successfully as a Methodist guest house.

It has recently changed hands and been renamed Lambert Manor Hotel.

Finally, I was told a story by Cecil Hayman, who lived at Kents Bank Railway Station in the 1930s.

He remembered trains stopping at Kents Bank full of passengers going to Abbot Hall for their holidays. 

The train was met at the station by the Abbot Hall donkey pulling a cart ready to take their luggage to the hotel.

I presume the donkey in the photograph is the same donkey this time one a lawnmower.

Kents Bank Holiday Cottage is 5 minutes walk from Abbot Hall. For booking enquiries click here.

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