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Skirwith Abbey is a country house in Skirwith, Cumbria, England. The House is a two-storey house of five by three bays, built by Thomas Addison, mason, in 1768-74 for John Orfeur Yates, who spent many years in India. The main front has more closely spaced windows in the centre; and the centre and angles are also defined by differences in the ashlar stonework. The front door is approached by a splayed, balustraded staircase carried on a bridge over the wide area that encircles the house. The rear of the house is similar, and both sides have a canted full-height bay window in the centre. Except on the entrance front, the area is surrounded by cast iron railings with obelisk standards.


  • C. R. Hudleston & R. S. Boumphrey, Cumberland Families and Heraldry, 1978, p. 378
  • Sir N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Cumberland and Westmorland, 1967, p. 190
  • J. M. Robinson, The Country Houses of the North West, 1991, p. 139

External linksEdit

  • Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1326980)". National Heritage List for England.

Coordinates: 54°40′56″N 2°35′56″W / 54.6821°N 2.5988°W / 54.6821; -2.5988