A Parish within the Whitehaven district


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Distington is a village and a Parish within the Whitehaven district of Cumbria.

With a population of around 2,400 there are remains of Hayes Castle to the south of the village. This castle is classed as a Scheduled Monument and was thought to originally be a medieval manorial complex founded by the De Multon family in 1322.

Points of interest and places to visit around Distington are Watch Hill, Branthwaite Hall, North Pier Lighthouse in nearby Whitehaven, and Stanley Pond.

Branthwaite Hall, said to be ‘one of the best preserved early houses in Cumbria’ is a late 14th Century stone four storey pele tower with an attached hall range. It was founded by the Branthwaite family and is of a single build, with the central hall, flanked by a pele tower and a crosswing. Built of rubble, with battlements and pitched roof, both the basement chambers of the tower are vaulted. The spiral stair in the south-east corner, terminates in a saddle-backed turret which risers above the crenellations. There are 17th and 18th century additions to the hall, which was restored by the National Coal Board, in 1985


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