Lartington Hall

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Lartington Hall
North Riding
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Lartington Hall
Grid reference: NZ021177
Location: 54°33’18"N, 1°58’5"W
Village: Lartington
Built from 1635
Country house
Owned by: Mr & Mrs Rackham

Lartington Hall is a 17th-century country house, at Lartington in Teesdale, in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It is a Grade II* listed building.

The earliest part of the house, built for the Appleby family, is the three storey four bayed central block and projecting three storey porch, which dates from about 1635. The west wing and chapel dedicated to St Lawrence were added in about 1800 and the west wing and ballroom were built possibly to a design by Ignatius Bonomi in 1836. Further alterations in about 1860 were supervised by architect Joseph Hansom.

The Maire family acquired the manor of Lartington by marriage in 1654. It passed to the Lawson family when Sir Henry Lawson Bt (d 1834) of Brough Hall married Anna Anastasia the Maire heiress. Their grandson Henry Thomas Maire Silvertop who inherited the estate married Eliza Witham and changed his surname to Witham. As Henry Witham he was High Sheriff of Durham in 1844. His fourth son Right Reverend Monsignor Thomas Edward Witham lived in the Hall from 1847 until his death in 1897 when the estate passed to his grandnephew Francis Silvertop of Minsteracres who sold it out of the family in 1912. In the intervening years the house was let to Richard Forster Matthews and then to his nephew Frederick Berkley-Matthews.


Norman Field and later his widow owned the house but after her death it stood empty and neglected for some years. A restoration project by Mr and Mrs Robin Rackham with the assistance of English Heritage commenced in 1980 beginning with extensive works to the roof. In 2011, Lartington Hall was purchased by Mr & Mrs Harper-Wilkes who embarked on a full and extensive restoration of the hall. The hall is now available as a luxury high end exclusive hire venue.