2018

NY5223 : Battlements of Lowther Castle

taken 6 years ago, near to Askham, Cumbria, England

Battlements of Lowther Castle
Battlements of Lowther Castle
This is no great medieval fortress, but a rich man's flight of fancy built in the early years of the 19thC. The main building, designed by Robert Smirke for William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale has been an empty shell since the 1950's when the roof and internal structure were all removed to avoid taxes which the family could no longer afford. The castle was abandoned by the profligate 5th Earl in 1935/6 as he could no longer afford the upkeep. Requisitioned by the government in WW2 it was a base for tank units and suffered further neglect and damage, such that the family could not afford to move back after the war. [This seems to be a familiar story with great English houses in the post war period]
James Lowther, who inherited the estate in the 1950's described it as "a place that exemplified gross imperial decadence during a period of abject poverty". Now open as a popular visitor attraction.

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This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Shell [6] · Earls of Lonsdale [4] · Castle was Abandoned [3] · Visitor Attraction [2] ·
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NY5223, 36 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Gordon Hatton   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 22 May, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 3 June, 2018
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5210 2389 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.4734N 2:44.5855W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5208 2389
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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