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Greystoke Castle

A Grade II* Listed Building in Greystoke, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.6699 / 54°40'11"N

Longitude: -2.8769 / 2°52'36"W

OS Eastings: 343543

OS Northings: 530893

OS Grid: NY435308

Mapcode National: GBR 8GBF.YR

Mapcode Global: WH812.SW7B

Entry Name: Greystoke Castle

Listing Date: 27 December 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1290545

English Heritage Legacy ID: 73832

Location: Greystoke, Eden, Cumbria, CA11

County: Cumbria

District: Eden

Civil Parish: Greystoke

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Greystoke

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Listing Text


12/111 Greystoke Castle


G.V. II*

Castle rebuilt as a country house. On a medieval site incorporating parts of
the building licensed to crenellate 1353, for the Greystock family. Damaged
during the Civil War, partly rebuilt in late C17 and refronted 1710 for the
Howard family, with mid C18 alterations for 10th Duke of Norfolk. 1789 wing and
further alterations for the 11th Duke of Norfolk; extensive refacing dated 1839
on lead rainwater heads (completed 1846) by Anthony Salvin for Henry Howard, and
further work by Salvin after a fire in 1868, for the same owner; mid C20
restoration for Stafford Howard. Mixed pink and yellow sandstone ashlar, the
earlier parts large blocks of sandstone rubble, with string courses and
battlemented parapets; graduated slate roof, flat on tower; banded red sandstone
ashlar chimney stacks. Left 2-storey, 9-bay wing with rear angled central
4-storey rectangular tower and projecting right wing of numerous bays, which has
been reduced to a single storey and built around a small courtyard. The left
wing appears to be almost completely Salvin's work, but is within earlier gable
end walls. Central 2-storey porch and projecting end bays. Porch has
flat-headed chamfered-surround doorway with hoodmould, under a large
mullion-and-transomed window, the parapet carved with Howard coat-of-arms
flanked by constituent family arms. Recessed bays and projections have
irregular large mullioned-and-transomed windows. Parapet finials are heraldic
supporters with pendants. The right wing projects in 2 stages; the first stage
a single bay with a small angle turret; the second stage has an angled wall with
3 blocked Gothic windows under hoodmoulds, the remainder of the wall with slit
vents. Left return wall of the main wing is partly medieval; a right-angled
buttress has a shouldered-arched doorway leading into a small mural chamber; a
further parallel buttress has a blocked shouldered-arched upper-floor doorway,
the recess filled with an unusual inscribed socket stone. The rear of this wing
has again been refaced by Salvin but its irregularity suggests earlier walls
within. 2 storeys, 3 bays with right recessed bay and end projecting bay.
Various mullioned windows with cusped heads, a left canted bay window and right
2-storey bay window. The tower has 2 medieval storeys over a vaulted basement,
with a further 2 storeys added, with battlements, in late C18; C18 Gothic
windows, those on upper floors 2-light with trefoil heads. 1789 wing, now
single-storey: C19 2-light stone-mullioned windows and base of polygonal angle
tower. Part of the courtyard wall retains a blocked upper-floor pointed-arched
window. The remainder of the courtyard filled with C20 garages, woodstore,
storerooms and toilets. Interior is Salvin's work after the fire.

Listing NGR: NY4354330893

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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