Sizergh Castle

Sizergh Castle

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Sizergh Castle

Cumbria, England

Sizergh has been associated with the Strickland family since 1239, when the heiress Elizabeth Deincourt married William de Stirkeland.The solar tower of the castle was a potent symbol of the Stricklands power during the Middle Ages, when they played a leading role in the wars with Scotland and France. Prominent as Catholic royalists throughout the 17th century, the Stricklands went into exile in 1688 with the court of James II at Saint-Germain in France. They returned to Sizergh by the early 18th Century as impoverished Jacobites, but thanks to the careful efforts of Winifred, Lady Strickland, they were able to afford a few baroque-style alterations to the house. Sir Gerald Strickland, later Lord Strickland of Sizergh (1861-1940) along with his second wife Margaret Hulton, installed the famous rock garden which was laid out in 1926-8. In 1931 the estate transferred to Lord Strickland's daughter Mary and her husband Henry Hornyold. They and their son Lt-Cdr Thomas Hornyold-Strickland gave the house to the National Trust in 1950.

Comments 15

  • beTONt Kreativ 20/10/2015 20:40

    Very beautiful
    Greetings, Reinhold
  • crestmike 16/10/2015 15:46

    The castle is a stronghold, and your photo of it and its surroundings is a brilliant piece of art.
    By the way, I have a quirk that I always look to the clouds, trying to see things in their shape. The cloud on the right is a corkscrew to me.
    Thank you for your gift, for I see your photos as great gifts.
  • Mark Billiau. 16/10/2015 9:22

    Beautiful shot of this striking castle.
    Lovely warm colours !
    Great !!

  • Graeme51 14/10/2015 16:22

    A wonderful composition of Sizergh Castle. Very well captured and displayed! (F)

  • Monasophie13 14/10/2015 14:01

    This photo pleases me until now the best from your own site. Great colors, great design and the machining speaks to me.
    Greeting, Ramona.
  • Storyteller 14/10/2015 11:39

    Great photo of this majestic building with an interesting history.
  • gemblue 13/10/2015 20:47

    Very well captured!!! And the attached info is a real plus!!!
  • Harold Thompson 13/10/2015 10:27

    Not a castle i have heard of but as an interesting history. Well portrayed in the warm light
    :-)) Harold
  • Diruwi 13/10/2015 1:32

    Impressive castle in nice colours!
    Alles Gute, Dietmar
  • Basi70 12/10/2015 20:50

    A perfect shot, realy great.

  • Andreas Ha. 12/10/2015 18:27

    Great picture - very nice colours!
  • Mauro Tomassetti 12/10/2015 17:46

    Very nice castle!
    Regards Mauro
  • Natalia 5 12/10/2015 17:02

    Good time, Anthony!! Beautiful castle and You showed it beautifully! Like the paint! Thanks for the info about the castle and the people living it! Let the joyous will be the day!Natalia.
  • JeanPierre 12/10/2015 16:36

    Beautiful little English castle ! :)
  • Ne Na Na 12/10/2015 14:41