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Lancaster (District Authority)
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SD 47383 61756



SD4761NW CASTLE PARK 1685-1/6/53 (South side) 22/12/53 No.20 Castle Park House (Formerly Listed as: CASTLE PARK No.20 (with stables))


House. 1720, altered C19. Built for William Birdsworth, a lawyer, and his wife Margaret. Sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings, roughcast on the front elevation and lined out as ashlar blocks between chamfered quoins. Slate roof with a small flat-roofed dormer, and gable chimney stacks. 3 storeys above cellar and attics and 5 bays, with a central square projection at the rear to contain the staircase. All the windows have moulded architraves and 8-pane sashes. Above the central first-floor window is a datestone inscribed: BW+M 1720. The elaborate painted stone doorcase has engaged Ionic columns supporting a pulvinated frieze, an entablature with dentils, and a segmental open pediment, panelled both in its soffit and its tympanum. Its door has 12 raised and fielded panels, and is recessed between similarly panelled reveals. INTERIOR: entrance hall has marble floor. Double-depth room to left has very good painted raised and fielded panelling with Corinthian pilasters. Right-hand room has similar unpainted panelling, but with Ionic pilasters. The room was probably altered in the C19 when a front cloakroom was created and the rear wall extended. The first floor is divided conventionally and has similar panelling with Doric pilasters. The second floor has a matching dado which is said to be a C19 alteration. The fine dogleg staircase rises to attic level and has full-height panelling until the half-landing above the first floor and thereafter a panelled dado. It has an open string with carved scrolled brackets, 2 turned balusters per tread, and a ramped handrail. HISTORY: built by William Birdsworth, a lawyer, and subsequently owned by Allan Harrison, the Recorder of Lancaster between 1731 and 1747, who probably added the doorcase and made many of the internal alterations, including the link with No.22 (qv) to the left. His daughter and heiress, Ann, married Lt. Col. George Wilson, the builder of Abbot Hall, Kendal. The house was owned by the Satterthwaite family from c1780 to 1932.

Listing NGR: SD4738361754


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 13 Aug 2000
Reference: IOE01/02662/15
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Charles Satterly. Source Historic England Archive
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