Grimsthorpe Castle was originally a small 13th century castle on the crest of a ridge guarding the Great North Road from marauding invaders across the fen lands.
The de Eresby family, who continue to own the estate, enlarged the castle around 1540, and then in 1722 instructed Sir John Vanbrugh to add a north front, before enlisting Capability Brown to design a great garden in the mid 1750s.
|Sir John Vanbrugh incorporated elements|
in his design to create a feeling of a fortress
Further alterations were made in the early 1800s so the house now is not a castle in the strict sense of the word, though its character is massive and martial – the towers and outlying pavilions recalling the bastions of a great fortress in classical dress.
There is even more history here – the Tudors took over the property from the previous owner, who had supported the Plantagenet kings of England, with Henry VIII (1491 – 1547) granting the estate to one of his loyal supporters.
|There's been a garden at Grimsthorpe since the early 1500s|
Through marriage the holding increased, while for a brief period during Mary Tudor’s succession (1553 – 1558) they had to relinquish the land owing to their Anglican views, but during Elizabeth I’s reign (1559 – 1603), the family returned.
Originally the estate was part of the great Lincolnshire forest, with its medieval deer and Tudor oak parks . Oak trees were recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and were shown in drawings of the park in the early 18th C, which may well have still been alive in the 20th C.
|Topiary and garden view to Grimsthorpe Castle|
The house contains wonderful tapestries, paintings, coronation robes and plate, while to wander through the expansive gardens with their beautiful flower borders will bring delight to many a heart.
There is a great deal to see at Grimsthorpe – both in the grounds and in the Castle: it sounds like a wonderful place to visit to see a wide range of historical detail and artefacts ... Chinese wallpaper, Vanbrugh’s painted ceiling lit by a Venetian window, to name a few ...
|I think! these are escutcheons - but I loved the|
The estate is managed by a family trust in conjunction with Drummond Castle, Perthshire in Scotland, which I have not featured in this ABC of Castles ...
That is G for Grimsthorpe Castle – a parkland castle with wonderful history attached to it ... part of the ABC series Aspects of British Castles
Bob Scotney featured Fotheringhay Castle and Mary Queen of Scots yesterday
All the photos for this post came from the Grimsthorpe Castle website ... there is a great deal to see ...
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