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Brief description of site

The grounds at Monk Coniston Hall are distinguished by an impressive collection of exotic conifers planted largely from the early 19th century. There is also a restored walled garden and a gazebo. The house is under private tenancy but permissive footpaths run through the arboretum and walled garden, linking the grounds to the wider Monk Coniston estate.

Brief history of site

Originally owned by the Monks of Furness Abbey the estate was developed in the late 18th and early 19th centuries by two families, the Knotts and the Marshalls. During the ownership of the Marshalls from 1835 the estate grew to over 4000 acres (about 1620 hectares) and included the picturesque designed landscape around Tarn Hows, which James Garth Marshall created by damming a marshy hollow in the hills.

The estate was split in the 1920s and the house and grounds sold separately to the rest of the estate and its farmland. The entire estate is now reunited in the ownership of the National Trust, with private tenants occupying Monk Coniston Hall.

Location information:

Address: Monk Coniston Hall, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AQ

Locality: Coniston

Local Authorities:

Cumbria; South Lakeland; Coniston

Historical County: Lancashire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 96 Grid Ref: SD318983
Latitude: 54.3756 Longitude: -3.0514

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Please note the estate is owned by the National Trust. The house is occupied by private tennants, please do not trespass. Please visit the website for information about access.

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: domestic / residential

Site first created: After 1770

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

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