Sizergh Castle and Garden
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
And for that we should be grateful, for since the family lacked the wealth to follow fashion, Sizergh has remained an almost unaltered example of an Elizabethan manor, like its near neighbour Levens Hall.
The core of the castle is a 14th century pele tower and hall, but a superb Tudor house was built around the tower, with wings flanking a central courtyard. In the Elizabethan period the house gained wonderful carved interiors of oak, including the finest overmantles in England. Around 1770 the great hall range was expanded and given a Georgian facelift and the Victorian owners extended the porch to allow carriages to drive under it. Thus, passengers could alight in comfort, protected from the elements.
At a low ebb in the family fortune during the 19th century the entire room was sold by the Stricklands to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for £1000. The V&A has loaned the panelling back to the family so that it can be displayed in its original setting. The ceiling is a symphony of drooping plaster pendants, and there are panels of medieval glass in the windows.
The Dining Room (the original medieval Great Chamber) has mementoes from the Strickland exile in Paris during the Jacobite period, when Lady Strickland acted as governess to James Stuart, 'The Old Pretender'. There is a portrait of the young James, and a bust of his son, Bonnie Prince Charlie.
About Sizergh Castle
Address: Sizergh, Kendal, Lake District, Cumbria, England, LA8 8DZ
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 3 m SW Kendal, off A590 and A591
Website: Sizergh Castle
Phone: 01539 560951
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: SD498 878
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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