NY3700 : Wray Castle Gateway and Lodge

taken 8 years ago, near to High Wray, Cumbria, Great Britain

Wray Castle Gateway and Lodge
Wray Castle Gateway and Lodge
The entrance gateway and lodge, at the head of the formal driveway to Wray Castle, were part of James Dawson's Gothic fantasy. There was once a set of stately gates here, the only remaining relics of which are the iron fittings in the gate posts.

Built at the same time as the castle, the lodge was home to one of Dawson's servants. Today it is a private residence. The lodge is a Grade II listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 76762 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).
Wray Castle :: NY3701

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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Date Taken
Sunday, 25 May, 2014   (more nearby)
Sunday, 1 June, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Country estates 
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Nikon S3400 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 3715 0074 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:23.8939N 2:58.1744W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 3713 0074
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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English Heritage  Grade II  Listed Building  Victorian  19th Century  Lodge  Nineteenth Century  Gothic Revival  Gatehouse  National Trust 

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