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Crackpot Hall is a ruined 18th century farmhouse in a remote location on the northern slope of Swaledale, in the Yorkshire Dales. It is accessible along a track leading off the footpath between Muker and Keld, about a mile from the latter. Reminders of past lead mining are all around. It’s an atmospheric place, with tumbled and rusting reminders of what once was. The building was still occupied in the 1920s when visited by local historians/writers Ella Pontefract and Marie Hartley. They noted Alice, 4-year old daughter of the farmer, who had “the madness of the moors about her, and all their wariness.” Apparently, the girl’s “mocking, chuckling, laugh” seemed “as untamed as her lonely house.” Other sources suggest that tales of feral children were simply the way things were.  Disappointingly, the name Crackpot Hall is apparently derived from the Norse 'kraka' for crow and old English 'pot' for cave.

The post code is approximate, of course; Crackpot Hall probably doesn't receive a lot of mail.

Nr Keld
North Yorkshire
Post Code
DL11 6LJ
Main Historic Period
Link to featured article
Park in Keld or Muker and walk. You will need the OS map.
Primary Management
National Park

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