Workington Hall, sometimes called Curwen Hall, is a ruined Grade I listed building on the outskirts of Workington in Cumbria. The present building dates back to around 1404 and was built as a fortified tower house however a 14th century peel tower originally stood on the site. In 1568, Mary Queen of Scots stayed at the Hall for a few days before being moved to Carlisle Castle and into life-long imprisonment.
The War Office requisitioned the hall at the outbreak of WWII and it suffered a very serious fire while troops were billeted. At the war’s end, the owners passed the hall in a now much damaged condition over to Workington Borough Council who proposed to restore it and use it as a Town Hall but this never came to fruition and it became a classified ruin. English Heritage and Allerdale Borough Council, the Workington Heritage Group and Friends of Workington Hall Parklands are seeking to carry out the necessary restoration work to make the Hall safe for public access to the areas directly surrounding the building.
Historic Property Restoration has been engaged to carry out this restoration work and to preserve the deteriorating historic fabric of the building which has now fallen into a precarious and unsafe condition. The works are primarily masonry repairs and structural stabilisation of the wall heads, window openings and the external walls. Some waterproofing works to the first floors and roof over the gatehouse will also be undertaken. The first phase has recently been completed and a further larger phase is to commence in spring 2015.