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Wray Castle, Cumbria

Wray Castle, Cumbria
Photo Information
Copyright: Len Robinson (lennoland) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 1 N: 13] (132)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-17
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D-70, Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED DX AF-S
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-10-23 15:31
Viewed: 1943
Points: 4
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This is not a real castle but a private house built in in the Gothic Revival Style in 1840. It was built for Dr Dawson, a retired Liverpool surgeon, and is now owned by the National Trust. The house was built using his wife's inheritance from a gin fortune. Apparently she took one look at the house when it was finished, and refused to live in it. The architect, H.P. Horner, drank himself to death.

After Dr Dawson's death in 1875, when he was 96, the estate was inherited by his nephew, Preston Rawnsley. In 1877 Preston's cousin, Hardwicke Rawnsley, took up the appointment of vicar of Wray Church (next to the Castle and built at the same time by Dr Dawson). In 1929 Wray Castle and 64 acres of land were given to the National Trust by Sir Noton and Lady Barclay.

The grounds are open to the public, and are well worth visiting for the sake of the specimen trees - wellingtonia, redwood, gingkoa, weeping lime and varieties of beech. There is a mulberry tree planted by William Wordsworth in 1845. Watbarrow Wood is the wooded bank between the castle and the lake, and has several pleasant paths leading through it to the water's edge. There are spectacular views across Windermere. The castle is occasionally open to the public.

Over the last few years the grounds have been undergoing a major restoration by the National Trust, to try and restore them to how they would have looked when the house was built. This will give impressive views to Windermere lake from a variety of directions.

For more information about Wray Castle please click here.

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An interesting piece of architecture. The POV you've used makes the most of the buildings facade, and there are some nice sharp details. I would be tempted to get the clone brush out and get rid of a lot of the distractions in the picture though: the aerials on the roof, the no entry signs and the small wooden posts. I've created a small workshop to show some small changes - hope you don't mind.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Len,

Your angled view gives a wonderful impression of the building as a whole, showing details of the entrance, the turrets, the recessed windows and the overall depth.
The composition is good, with the building positioned nicely off-centre, and the paths lead the eye towards the image.

Well done!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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