Photo: Rydal Hall, Ambleside

Rydal Hall’s history

Both visually and historically Rydal Hall is the key building in Rydal.

The Le Fleming family can be traced back to 1126 and were possibly linked with the 1066 Conquest. When Sir Thomas married Isabella of the de Lancaster family, a large area near Coniston and Rydal was inherited. Originally the family lived at Coniston Hall and in 1575 moved to Rydal, to the old Hall which was built on a knoll beside the present main road. In 1681 it was described as ‘now in ruins’.

The new Hall was built by Sir Michael Le Fleming in the 16th century, enlarged in the 17th century, altered and refaced in the 18th century, with the main front dating from the early 19th century. The building is considered architecturally fine and is listed as Grade II*, along with the terraces, bridges and outbuildings.

Since 1963, Rydal Hall has been run by the Church of England Diocese of Carlisle as a place of hospitality, tranquility and spirituality for all.