2014

NY3701 : Wray Castle (RMS Wray Castle)

taken 10 years ago, near to High Wray, Cumbria, England

Wray Castle (RMS Wray Castle)
Wray Castle (RMS Wray Castle)
The main staircase in the central hall.

Wray Castle is not a 'typical' National Trust house full of paintings, furniture and antiques. It was acquired without its contents in 1929 and between then and 2010, it was leased out for a variety of uses and so has no period furniture. The lantern and ship's wheel on the main staircase, however, remind us of one of the building's former tenants when it was leased for use as a training college for Merchant Navy radio officers (RMS Wray Castle) from 1958 until 1998.
Wray Castle

Wray Castle is not really a castle at all. It is actually a large private house built in the Victorian Gothic Revival Style between 1840 and 1847. It is a grade II* listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 76756 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

The house was originally built as a retirement home for retired Liverpudlian surgeon James Dawson, who built it along with the neighbouring Wray Church. The house and grounds have belonged to the National Trust since 1929 when it was donated to the Trust along with 64 acres of its estate. Since the National Trust acquired the castle it has been used for a variety of purposes, including a youth hostel, the offices of the Freshwater Biological Association, and a training college for Merchant Navy radio officers (RMS Wray Castle). The house has only been opened to the public on a regular basis since 2011.

The castle grounds, which include part of the shoreline of Windermere, are open all year round and are renowned for their selection of specimen trees.

LinkExternal link National Trust Information for Visitors


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NY3701, 188 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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David Dixon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 25 May, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 1 June, 2014
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 3750 0100 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:24.0366N 2:57.8542W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 37499 01012
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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