Neat, though not Sumptuous – Lowick Hall, A Chronicle
by Adam & Marianne Naylor
Lowick Hall, a small Cumbrian manor house, has a history stretching back nearly a thousand years. This short illustrated book traces the history of the house and its owners, from Ivo de Taillebois, a friend of King William Rufus, to the writer Arthur Ransome and beyond. The families of Ambrose, Latus, Blencowe, Everard, Montagu and Calvert owned the manor in succession. During this time the building evolved from a fortified pele tower into the “Neat, though not Sumptuous” house lovingly described in George Blencowe’s eighteenth century poem.
The age of their manor house home, together with its boxes of ancient documents, started the authors on a trail of discovering its story. This book describes the successive owners of the Hall and its estate for over nine hundred years, and relates their influence on its development. The chronicle of the manor and its village set in the Crake valley recounts the history of country life in a corner of the English Lake District.
Page count: 168 • Content: 200 illustrations
Price £10.99 (Price includes P&P to UK. Overseas shipping £5 GBP)