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Stainborough Castle

Hob Uid: 1383101
Location :
Barnsley
Stainborough
Grid Ref : SE3158003040
Summary : Stainborough Castle was built between 1727 and 1730 on the site of an alleged iron age hill fort (see SE 30 SW 3) and on the highest point of the Wentworth Castle estate, over 180metres above sea level. Conceived as an eye catcher, the mock castle formed a dramatic climax to the garden layout and is the second oldest Gothick garden structure in the country. It was erected for Sir Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, and is constructed from coursed, dressed sandstone with ashlar dressings. The structure consists of a roughly-circular curtain wall with four square guard towers and a large gatehouse on the east side with an archway originally beneath four circular turrets of which two remain. The 'castle' is important as being the second Gothick folly in England after Lord Bathurst's 'King Alfred's Hall' in Oakley Wood, Cirencester. The towers were supposedly named after the Earl's four children; Anne, Harriet, Lucy and William. The building was already in disrepair by 1755 when John Platt of Rotherham was engaged to rebuild part of the gatehouse
More information :

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : Barnsley, 04-DEC-1986
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Plates :
Vol(s) : 1800

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Georgian
Display Date : Built 1728-30
Monument End Date : 1730
Monument Start Date : 1728
Monument Type : Folly
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Georgian
Display Date : Repaired in 1759
Monument End Date : 1759
Monument Start Date : 1759
Monument Type : Folly
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 333925
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 30 SW 32
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 52458
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, STAINBOROUGH CASTLE, STAINBOROUGH PARK
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2005-01-01
End Date : 2005-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, STAINBOROUGH CASTLE
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2006-01-01
End Date : 2006-12-31