Pattison Howe, Cartmel Fell

Pattison Howe, Cartmel Fell, Cumbria: Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment

Prior to the proposed renovation and redevelopment of a disused farmhouse and barn at Pattison How, Cartmel Fell, Cumbria, Greenlane Archaeology was commissioned to carry out a heritage assessment. Pattison How is first recorded in 1688. It is not clear when a building was first constructed on the site but a ‘messuage’ is specifically referred to in documents from the late 18th century onwards and people are listed in the local parish registers as living at Pattison How shortly before that. The map evidence appears to show two separate buildings on the site until the mid-to-late 19th century, after which point only a single building corresponding with the current structure is shown. The site clearly formed a farmstead associated with the adjoining land into the early 20th century, by which time it had amalgamated with another nearby farm and the buildings gradually fell into disrepair. The documentary evidence, primarily census returns, provides a fairly comprehensive list of owners and occupiers for much of the building’s history. It is of some significance as an undesignated heritage asset and an example of a farmstead in its agricultural landscape, which is one of the attributes of the Outstanding Universal Value of the English Lake District World Heritage Site.

The full report will be made available on the Archaeology Data Service website.