NY3701 : Wray Castle

taken 14 years ago, near to High Wray, Cumbria, England

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Wray Castle
Wray Castle
Wray Castle is an imposing building, with its dramatic turrets which rise above the trees and dominate the landscape, it appears to reach out and grasp its domain. Wray Castle is not a castle in the truest sense of the word, but was constructed in the Victorian Gothic Revival Style between 1840 and 1847, for Dr James Dawson, a retired Liverpool surgeon, whose wife had inherited a fortune from the gin business.

The building is now the property of the National Trust. It was donated to the Trust in 1929, with 64 acres of land, by Sir Noton and Lady Barclay. The castle grounds are open to the public and afford wonderful views across Lake Windermere. They contain some superb specimen trees, including Wellingtonia and giant redwoods and a mulberry tree which was planted by William Wordsworth in 1845. The castle itself is not currently open to the public.

The young Beatrix Potter spent a holiday at Wray Castle, which was rented by her wealthy parents in the summer of 1882.

Nearby lie the hamlets of Low Wray and High Wray. There is a footpath all along the shore of Lake Windermere from Wray Castle down to the Sawrey landing of the Windermere ferry at Ferry House.

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NY3701, 188 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Carol Bleasdale   (more nearby)
Date Taken
August 2010   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 23 February, 2011
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 374 010 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:24.0473N 2:57.8730W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 374 013
View Direction
SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Image classification(about): Geograph
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