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Castle Hill, Lancaster, UK

There are several fine examples of Georgian architecture on Castle Hill – this street is emphatically part of the Conservation Area.


I originally thought that the shadowed building at the left, with 'Gillow & Co' inscribed over the door, was the one considered to have been designed by Richard Gillow himself in c1770, but that's next door: whilst the name identifies the company's office at 85 Church Street, the adjoining 1 Castle Hill was purpose-built as a cabinet-making factory and showroom.

Note the building's central loading slot and stone bracket for a crane, typical of warehouses and of obvious use in moving the large items of wooden furniture for which Gillows was (and still is) internationally renowned.

Gillows moved to far larger premises on Upper Parliament Street in 1881, with the Castle Hill office closing in 1887.


Both are now Grade II Listing buildings, as in fact are all the properties in view, apart from the Grade II* Listed 20 Castle Park, in the background, which was built in 1720 for lawyer William Birdsworth and subsequently occupied by such local dignitaries as Allan Harrison (Recorder of Lancaster 1731-47) and the Satterthwaite family, who owned it c1780 - 1932.


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Taken on March 19, 2005