An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Westmorland. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1936.
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7 BARBON (E.g.)
(O.S. 6 in. (a)XLIII, S.E., (b)XLIV, S.W.)
Barbon is a parish and small village 3 m. N.E. of Kirkby Lonsdale.
b(1). Parish Church of St. Bartholomew, formerly a chapel of Kirkby Lonsdale, stands in the village. It was built in 1893 to the S. of the earlier church re-built in 1815. It contains the following:—
Fittings—Chair (Plate 39): In chancel—with turned front legs, shaped arms, panelled and carved back and scrolled cresting with the initials and date I.M. 1662. Chest (Plate 38): In chancel—with panelled front, moulded and enriched styles and carved top-rail, front panels with lozenge-enrichments and the date and initials 1659 I. and S.A. Cupboard: In vestry—domestic three-stage cupboard of the local type, with carved upper panels, pendants and fascia with the initials and date T. and E.P. 1693. Miscellanea: In vestry—part of the head of a 15th or 16th-century window and part of a late 13th-century moulded capital, the former found in a neighbouring barn.
b(2). Hodge Bridge, carrying the Casterton-Middleton road over the Barbon Beck ½ m. W. of the church, is a rubble structure of one span, with a slightly segmental-pointed arch. It is perhaps of 15th or 16th-century date, but the pointed arch is the only evidence of this. The widening of the S. approach is carried on added squinch-arches.
a(3). Packhorse Bridge (Plate 28), over the Barbon Beck nearly ¾ m. S.W. of (2), is a rubble structure of one span with a segmental arch. It is probably of the 17th century or earlier and has a roadway 2¼ ft. wide between the parapets.
The following monuments, unless otherwise described, are of the 17th century and of two storeys; the walls are of rubble and the roofs are slate-covered. Some of the buildings have exposed ceiling-beams.
Condition—Good or fairly good.
b(4). House, two tenements, 430 yards W.N.W. of the church, retains one original window with a solid frame. The late 17th or early 18th-century staircase has turned balusters and square newels with ballterminals. In the W. tenement is the fascia of a former cupboard, with the date 1616.
b(5). Cottage, 110 yards E.N.E. of (4), retains some 17th-century doors.
b(6). Barn, on the S. side of the road 500 yards W. of the church, is a single-storey building and retains an original stone window of three lights. A stone panel, probably re-set, has the initials and date S.G. 1676.
b(7). High Bank House, 630 yards S.E. of the church, has an original front doorway with an ornamental head cut on the face of the lintel. Inside the building the early 18th-century staircase has turned balusters and square newels. The roof-trusses have curved principal rafters.
b(8). Outbuilding, at Underfell ¼ m. W.S.W. of (7), is of the 18th century but incorporates, in the S.W. gable, a re-set wheel-window of stone, perhaps of the 16th century.
b(9). Settlement (290 ft. above O.D.), immediately S. of the road-junction 800 yards S.W. of the church, consists of traces of a bank and deep depressions, which may indicate a settlement, but are of too indefinite a character for any nearer attribution.