Sizergh Castle, Cumbria

Sizergh Castle, Cumbria, Lake District

Today, I visited Sizergh Castle in Cumbria, near the English Lake District. There are three threads to this historic property, viz:

  1. Long-standing association with the Strickland family for nearly 800 years. This family supported the Catholic, King James II and experienced time in exile in France during the 17th century.
  2. Gardens, which comprise: a small orchard, herbaceous border, rock garden, wildflower bank, lake, terrace,main lawn, Dutch garden, south garden and a great barn.
  3. The property itself which comprises three floors which feature: old furniture; arms and armour; ceramics and sculpture; pictures; tapestry; panelling; stained glass; and decorated ceilings. The building’s core is  a 14th century tower with further developments as follows:

– Transformed into a fashionable Elizabethan House in mid-1550s.

-Urgent repairs in 1770s which included replacement of Elizabethan Hall by Neo-classical saloon.

-Modernisation in 1897-1902 including a neo-Gothic carriage entrance and new external stairway to the front door.

The property, together with some 1500 acres of land, is now owned/managed by England’s National Trust.

Medieval Tower, Sizergh Castle

Medieval Tower, Sizergh Castle, England

Garden, Sizergh Castle

Garden, Sizergh Castle, England

Garden, Sizergh Castle

Garden, Sizergh Castle, England

Garden, Sizergh Castle

Garden, Sizergh Castle, England

Rock Garden, Sizergh Castle

Rock Garden, Sizergh Castle, England

Garden, Sizergh Castle

Garden, Sizergh Castle, England

Sizergh has appeal to persons with a wide range of interests and is deserving of a visit.

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