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Wray Castle

A mock Medievael/Gothic exterior with some interesting 'building innovation' by the builder (who was an accountant - not an architect) not repeated since...mainly because they were so difficult to maintain- here some Examples: Fire places without a direct chimney, for instance, where the flue is built into the wall and there is a window just above the fireplace. Don't touch that window ledge when the fire is on!! Plumbing of waste water in lead pipes directed inside walls, often getting blocked and difficult to clear....just to mention two impracticalities.

Built 1840-3 for a family from Liverpool it became a holiday home for the Potter family (Beatrix visited first time in 1882 aged 16) later with many different tenancies following. Successive owners stripped the place of most of the original interior and today it is mainly a shell. The National trust is inviting the public to help direct the future of the castle and set it on a profitable course of preservation for the future. The castle only just opened to the public after a prospective tenant was unable to obtain funding for their plans to turn it into an exclusive hotel, the Trust have done an excellent job so far.


DAWSON, of Wray Castle. Dr. James Dawson, J.P., F.R.C.S. (d. 1875 aged

96), of Liverpool, built Wray Castle in 1845 (The Victoria History of

the County of Lancaster, 1906-14, viii 380; L. Linder (ed.), The Journal

of Beatrix Potter. 1966). Arms: Argent two pales Sable a chevron Gules

on a canton of the last a battle-axe Or (Stone shield at Wray Castle; J.

Richardson, Furness Past and Present. 1880; J. Hill. MSS., Dean and

Chapter Library, Carlisle). Burke gives a confused version of this coat

for Dawson, of Low Wray, viz. Or three pallets Sable a chevron Argent on

a canton Gules a battle-axe of the first (Sir B. Burke, The General

Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. 2nd ed. 1884). Crests:

I, On a chapeau Gules turned up Ermine a cockatrice Or; 2. A dexter arm

embowed in armour Proper garnished Or holding in the gauntlet a

battle-axe of the last. Motto: Deeds not words (Op. cit.)


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Taken on September 17, 2012