Norris Castle, East Cowes - Isle of Wight (UA)

Recently upgraded, Norris is a remarkable survival of a romantic marine villa with model farm from 1799 by James Wyatt for Lord Henry Seymour. A single phase, intimate, yet sparsely detailed designed landscape where function and picturesque parkland setting combine beauty and utility. The picturesque castle and its collection of buildings, structures and estate was part of the early villa development on this coast. Benign decay allowed the Norris estate and its landscape to survive relative to design intentions but sold in 2015 and with major development proposals its future is uncertain.

Norris Castle, East Cowes - Isle of Wight (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Norris Castle
  • Heritage Category: Registered Park and Garden grade I
  • List Entry Number: 1000927
  • Local Planning Authority: Isle of Wight (UA)
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Landscape park


  • Unitary Authority: Isle of Wight (UA)
  • Parish: East Cowes
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Isle of Wight
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Park and garden
  • Condition: Generally unsatisfactory with major localised problems
  • Vulnerability: High
  • Trend: Declining
  • Ownership: Commercial company
  • Designation: Registered Park and Garden grade I, 12 LBs, part in RPG grade II*, part in CA