Blaise Castle, Henbury Road, Henbury, Bristol

Blaise Castle, Henbury Road, Henbury, Bristol
Photograph taken 26 June 2000 © Mr Cyril N. Chapman LRPS. Source Historic England Archive ref: 379730

This sham (fake) castle was built in 1766. It was designed to be picturesque and to improve the landscape. It was unusual as it was also a house that could be lived in. Sham castles were generally just a shell. It was used by its owners, the Hartford family, as a summer house. They lived in Blaise House. It is now owned by the local authority. It was renovated in 1957 and is part of a public country park.

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