Drawing 32: Lowther Castle
Direction of view: WSW
Notes: This view is obtained from the approach to the castle from the car park – so no need to pay! The tree on the right in the sketch has gone; that on the left is larger, and would obscure much of the castle if a picture was taken from where AW must have stood.
As Wainwright says, Lowther Castle “is now but a shell, a noble pile still but merely a façade, a memorial to its former magnificence”. His view of it also appears on page 242 of Westmorland Heritage, where AW notes that the present castle building was constructed by the second Earl of Lonsdale, from designs by Sir Robert Smirke, and that building started in 1802.
Lowther Castle’s website states that the castle was a grand affair boasting a room for every day of the year. Its gardens were “the envy of the north”. But the castle was demolished in 1957, and just the façade and outer walls remained standing and for over half a century, the place was empty. Now the gardens have been restored, and it is a popular visitor attraction.
Comments: I first took this picture (and sketch 115) on 11th July 1979, following a long walk with Peter Messenger to do the Crookdale Horseshoe with Tarn Crag and Grey Crag. It was a sunny and rather hazy day.
I first took the picture with a digital camera on 15th September 2013, but the light was wrong for the photo. An improvement was not obtained until 25th May 2017, on a glorious morning. See Drawing 76 for more details of that day.