Mumps Hall

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Mumps Hall is a seventeenth-century inn on the Cumbrian side of Gilsland. It has become famous because Walter Scott used its evil reputation, and that of its landlady Tib or Meg Mumps (based upon Margaret Teasdale) in his novel Guy Mannering. The inn is not named in the novel, but Scott revealed his use of it in the notes he added to the Magnum Opus edition of his Waverley novels.

Legal documents and tombstones dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries seem to confirm the reputations of the building's occupants, and the association of Mumps Hall with the Teasdale family throughout the seventeenth century.

Today Mumps Hall is a grade II listed building, "House of Meg" tearooms occupying the ground floor.

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  • giving a fuller discussion of the history of Mumps Hall and transcripts of some of the relevant documents.

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