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Sizergh Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Helsington, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.2841 / 54°17'2"N

Longitude: -2.7716 / 2°46'17"W

OS Eastings: 349865

OS Northings: 487884

OS Grid: SD498878

Mapcode National: GBR 9L2X.R0

Mapcode Global: WH832.DLF2

Plus Code: 9C6V76MH+M9

Entry Name: Sizergh Castle

Listing Date: 21 November 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1318962

English Heritage Legacy ID: 75286

Location: Helsington, South Lakeland, Cumbria, LA8

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Helsington

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Underbarrow with Helsington

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Listing Text

SD 48 NE HELSINGTON

3/13
21.11.52 Sizergh Castle

G.V. I

Castle. South Tower, probably C15, (previously thought to be C14 and the
earliest building on the site) appears to have been added to earlier hall with
crosswing which forms the basis of the North Tower. Original pre-C15 external
entrance to Hall is at ground floor level on East side. Remains of wall under
present verandah to East apparently date from alterations to enlarge the Hall
carried out between Machell's record of the building in 1670 and an eyewitness
account in 1770. Alterations to accommodate carriage entrance carried out
during the C19. Subsidiary wings to the West mid C16 with later alterations
including refenestration of North wing during C19. Limestone rubble walls,
wings partially rendered. Pitched roofs slated, with decorative barge boards
(probably C17) and stone ball finials, embattled roofs leaded: leadwork to
South Tower turret dated 1749. Variety of stone chimney stacks to Hall, massive
3-stage stacks to West wings, embattled stone chimney stack to South Tower
probably C16. Upper floor windows to west side of South Tower C15 mullioned and
transomed, ground floor C19. East and West sides of main block mostly late C18
Gothick under hood moulds with labels; Venetian windows in East side of both
North and South Towers; C16 mullioned and transomed windows in South West wing.
A panel of uncertain date above 2nd floor window in West side of South Tower
displays the arms of Deincourt quartering those of Strickland. The interior has
vaulted undercrofts to the North and South Towers, that in the North being a
later addition; mural staircase in South Tower; very fine panelled rooms from
C16 and later with ornately carved overmantles and decorative ceilings; dated
Jacobean glass from various sources.
References:
The National Trust Guidebook to Sizergh
Henry Hornyold Strickland of Sizergh Kendal 1928 (Limited Edition)
(p.258 quotes eyewitness account pre 1770)
Jane M Ewbank (Ed) Antiquary on Horseback (from collections of
Rev Thos Machell) C&W Extra series Vol.XIX Kendal 1963
pp.67/68
R.C.H.M. (For interior descriptions only)


Listing NGR: SD4986587884

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