The earliest part of the house dates back to 1650, with cruck beams supporting the roof of this part of the house. The front of the house is Georgian, with 1787 dated on a rainwater hopper.
To quote from the Grade II listing for the house:
“Graduated slate roof with stone copings, kneelers, and stone end chimneys. Later additions to rear and Victorian wing to south. 3 storeyed, 3 bay symmetrical front. Victorian canted bay window to each side of 6-panelled door with rectangular fanlight and stone architrave; consoles carry cornice upon which a sill to central 1st floor window rests. Each 1st floor window has a single plain medallion to top of stone surround and consoles carrying cornice. Top floor windows have plain stone surrounds. All windows are sashes with segmentally-arched heads, being Victorian insertions.”
The original Georgian and Victorian panelling is a key feature of the interior of the house, particularly evident in the beautiful dining room.
A well known local brewer and magistrate, Thomas Mason, lived in the house from around 1870 to 1890. He became High Sherriff of Westmorland in 1873.
The 1911 Census lists Mary Mason (who we believe was Thomas Mason’s daughter) living in the house with a housemaid and a cook. Mary Mason is described as being of “private means”.
In the late 1940s or early 1950s, Redmayne House became a Doctor’s surgery with Doctors Gibson, Cranston and Brown being resident until 1978, when the house was purchased by Nick and Cathy Prime, who still live in Kirkby Stephen. Cathy is our choir mistress in the church choir and she says joining the choir was part of the deal when we bought the house from them in 2015!
The house is featured on the Visit Upper Eden website as an example of local architecture. You can view it by following this link:
We are sometimes visited by parrots brought to Kirkby Stephen by John Strutt of Strutt and Parker. Our picture was taken through a skylight on a rainy day and shows two of them perched on our chimney pots!
We are still researching the history of the house. If you know how to fill in the gaps or can put us right on any inaccuracies, please let us know.
Rob and Liz Paisley, August 2016