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Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria- Building Investigation

Ridings, Christopher (2005) Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria- Building Investigation. Project Report. OA North. (Unpublished)

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Rural Solutions proposed the conversion and the extension of the former stable block at Levens Halls, Cumbria into office space. The stables are of seventeenth century date and a Grade II listed building (HER Number 22165) and, thus Cumbria County Council’s County Historic Environment Service recommended the undertaking of a building investigation of RCHME level II standard, prior to the redevelopment. The investigation comprised a detailed survey of the building in order to provide an outline of its form, development, and phases of alteration. A documentary study was also undertaken in order to identify any recorded alterations to the building, owners and known uses and development. It examines the area from prehistory through to the twentieth century. It revealed that Levens Park and its immediate environs has been a palimpsest of human activity, with late Mesolithic microliths and blades, Bronze Age timber trackways, Iron Age inhumation burials, and Roman pottery and coins representing successive phases of activity over 6,500 years The medieval and post-medieval period are represented in the record mainly through the exploitation, and improvement of, the natural landscape. The digging of peat was particularly prevalent, in part due to the local iron working industry. The improved trade and transport links that this engendered would ultimately lead to the construction of the railway in the mid-nineteenth century.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Cumbria
ID Code:2284
Deposited By: Sandra Bonsall
Deposited On:09 Jan 2015 10:16
Last Modified:09 Jan 2015 10:16

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