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Lumley Castle  England 
Durham, County Durham, England

Circa Date: 14th century w/later additions

Status: Fully Extant

Special Info / Location/ Date

Special Info
Phonetic Pronunciation of House Name

Location
Country
England
District Today
County Durham
 Historic County
 City / Town / Village
Durham
 Latitude
54.779491
 Longitude
-1.55865

Date
Start Date
Completion Date
Circa Date
14th century w/later additions
Images

The West Front

Architects

Designed   Remodeled Entrance Front and altered Great Hall for 2nd Earl of Scarborough
Date   1722

Extant / Listed / References

Extant
Extant Type
Fully Extant
Extant Details

Listed
House Listed As 
Unknown
Gardens Listed As  
Unknown
Country House:  Yes

References
Vitruvius Britannicus
Vitruvius Scoticus
J.B. Burke (Burke's Visitation of Seats)
2.S. Vol.I, p.163. 1854.
Country Life
XXVII, 896 plan. 1910.
J.P. Neale (Neale's Views of Seats)
Vol.I. 1818.
Access / Ownership / Seat

Access
Open to Public Please note: Houses listed as being open "By Appointment" are usually country house hotels, B&Bs, or schools.
By Appointment
Historic Houses Association Member
Phone Number If calling from the U.S., delete the first "0" in British numbers.
01913-891-111
Fax Number
01913-891-881
Email
Website
Awards

Current Ownership
Current Ownership Type
Corporation
Primary Current Ownership Use
Hotel
Current Ownership Use / Details
Now the Lumley Castle Hotel

Seat ("Seat" is loosely defined as any family that occupied the house for a period of 2 years or more)
Today Seat of
A Past Seat(s) of
Sir Ralph Lumley, 14th century. Earl of Scarbrough, Viscount Lumley, Baron Lumley, Lumley family.
Possible (Unsure) Seat of
History / Gardens & Park / Movies

History
Earlier House(s) / Building(s)
Parts of an earlier dwelling were incorporated into the late 14th century castle.
House Replaced By
Built / Designed For
Sir Ralph Lumley
House & Family History
Lumley Castle was built by Sir Ralph Lumley in the late 14th century. He obtained permission from King Richard II in 1392 to convert the manor house built by his father or grandfather in the mid 14th century into a castle. Though the Castle was not lived in at the time, in 1807 virtually all the contents of the Castle were sold because of the family's financial difficulties. At the beginning of the 20th century Frederica, Countess of Scarborough, lived in the castle and collected together as many of the former furnishings as possible. In 1972 the Lumley family let the Castle to a hotel group and it remains a luxury hotel today (2004).
Collections This field lists art objects that are currently or were previously in the collection of the house.

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Comments

Gardens & Park
Garden, Park, Follies and Outbuildings
Chapel & Church

Movies
Location for Movies / TV
Bibliography

Author   Holmes, Michael
Year Published   1986
Reference  


Author   Colvin, Howard
Year Published   1995
Reference   pg. 1008



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