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Hornby Castle, Hornby-with-Farleton

Description: Hornby Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 4 October 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 182390

OS Grid Reference: SD5875668580
OS Grid Coordinates: 358756, 468580
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1114, -2.6324

Location: Hornby, Lancashire LA2 8JU

Locality: Hornby-with-Farleton
Local Authority: Lancaster City Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: LA2 8JU

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Listing Text

SD 56 NE

7/95 Hornby Castle

Large house, with early C16th keep on earlier foundations, early C18th
south-west front completely re-modelled in a domestic Gothic style in
1849-52 by Sharpe and Paley, with further additions and alterations in
1881 and 1889-91 by Paley and Austin. Sandstone rubble with slate roofs.
On an irregular plan, with a broad entrance front behind which lies the
hall, and a tapered courtyard behind containing the keep and closed by a
further tower. South-west facade is a balanced composition with central
3-storey porch and with wings projecting at each side,all with embattled
parapets. The windows are mullioned or mullioned and transomed, with round
heads to the lights. The projecting wings have 2-storey bay windows,
canted on the 1st floor only. The left hand one has 2 2nd-floor windows
above the bay, each with cusped Y-tracery and pointed head. To each side
of the porch are 2 bays with windows of varied type. The porch has a
diagonal buttress to the right and an octagonal turret to the left. On the
1st floor is an oriel window of semi circular plan. At the rear of the
front block the lower part of the tower has been revealed by C20 -
demolitions and has a mutilated lst-floor oriel window. The upper storey
was re-modelled in the mid C19, but below it are 2 blocked 2-light
mullioned windows with hoods. The north-east wall of the tower has an
early C17 Venetian window, partly blocked, and a stone with motto: 'Glav
et gant'. There is also a stone carved with an eagle's claw: the keep was
rebuilt by the 1st Lord Monteagle. The north-west facade dates from the
later C19 rebuilding, On the north-east side the rear courtyard is entered
through a gateway with moulded pointed arch. Interior. The porch contains
a vestibule with a plaster vault with foliated bosses. It is divided from
the hall by a Tudor arch containing a glazed timber screen in a Gothic
style. The hall fireplace is of sandstone, with a Tudor arch and spandrel
decoration. The left-hand room is a library, with woodwork said to be by
Gillows, including a fireplace surround and overmantel, and fitted
bookcases, with elaborate carving in a late C16 style.The main staircase
was removed in the C20. The present stair is type with turned
balusters. On the 1st floor is a billard room decorated in a Gothic
style. VCH Vol.8 pp 196-198. - -

Listing NGR: SD5875668580

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Source: English Heritage

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