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Lowther Castle

A Grade II* Listed Building in Lowther, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.6071 / 54°36'25"N

Longitude: -2.7423 / 2°44'32"W

OS Eastings: 352148

OS Northings: 523802

OS Grid: NY521238

Mapcode National: GBR 9H95.28

Mapcode Global: WH81J.VG9G

Entry Name: Lowther Castle

Listing Date: 6 February 1968

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1068767

English Heritage Legacy ID: 74345

Location: Lowther, Eden, Cumbria, CA10

County: Cumbria

District: Eden

Civil Parish: Lowther

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Askham with Lowther

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Listing Text


12/137 Lowther Castle

Country house built as sham castle, now a ruin without roof. 1806-14 on site of
medieval hall, by Sir Robert Smirke for 1st Earl of Lonsdale. Calciferous
sandstone ashlar with string course and battlemented parapets. Tall central
square stair tower behind, and projecting above, 3-storey, 3-bay centre flanked
by 2-storey, 3-bay wings. Low flanking recessed 3-bay links to 2-storey, 3-bay
end pavilions; each angle with either a circular or octagonal turret. Central
porte-cochere has pointed arches under tracery stone panels, battlemented
parapet and octagonal, panelled turrets. Central bays have mixed fenestration
of 4-light Tudor window over porch and pointed-arched windows. Ground floor
pointed-arched tracery windows in wings under 2-light Tudor-style windows.
Pavilions have 2-light Tudor-style windows. All windows now without tracery or
mullions. House was closed in 1935 (it had over 260 rooms and had cost £77,000)
and partly used as a tank training range during World War II. Contents sold in
1947 and roof removed 1957. See Colvin, Crook & Friedman, Architectural
Drawings from Lowther Castle, 1980: Transactions Cumberland & Westmorland
Antiquarian & Archaeological Society, new series, lxxxi, pp.122-136 and lxxxiv,
pp.191-204. See also D. Sutherland, The Yellow Earl, 1965, for the later
history of the castle.

Listing NGR: NY5214823802

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