Bolesworth Castle

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Bolesworth Castle
Bolesworth Castle is located in Cheshire
Bolesworth Castle
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates Coordinates: 53°05′55″N 2°45′21″W / 53.0987°N 2.7557°W / 53.0987; -2.7557
OS grid reference SJ 494 559
Built 1829
Built for George Walmesley
Architect William Cole
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated 4 January 1984
Reference No. 1278804

Bolesworth Castle is a country house 2 miles (3 km) south of the village of Tattenhall, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[1]

History[edit]

Bolesworth Castle was built for George Walmesley, a Manchester businessman, to a design by William Cole in 1829,[1] on the site of an older house dating from 1750.[2] In 1856 it was bought by Robert Barbour, a Scottish businessman who founded a cotton textile business in Manchester. It has remained in the Barbour family since.[2] In 1920–23 the castle was partly remodelled by Clough Williams-Ellis.[1]

Architecture[edit]

Gates to north drive of Bolesworth Castle
Robert Barbour, who bought Bolesworth Castle in 1856

The house is built in ashlar sandstone and is castellated. It is mainly in two storeys with wide canted bays in the centre and on the right, and a wide round bay on the left. At the centre, and recessed, is a three-story tower with turrets.[1]

Around the house and in the grounds are a number of structures which are listed Grade II. These are the wall and steps of the upper and middle terraces,[3][4] the wall of the lower terrace,[5] a temple with a statue of Diana,[6] the park gates, gate piers and wing walls on the north drive,[7] gate piers on the drive from Chowley Lodge,[8] an open shelter,[9] a bridge over the fishpool,[10] and a boat house.[11]

Recent history and present day[edit]

The house and estate of 6,000 acres (24 km2) were inherited in 1989 by Anthony Barbour, making him one of the largest landowners in Cheshire. He developed the estate as a centre for small businesses, restoring redundant buildings and modernising its 16 farms, thereby supporting some 800 jobs. Barbour also replanted the garden with over 350 varieties of trees. In 1998 he was awarded the Bledisloe gold medal by the Royal Agricultural Society of England for the work he ha done on the estate. Barbour died in 2007.[2] Since then the estate has been cared for by his wife, Diana, and by his daughter, Nina, who is the director of the estate. Nina also organises the annual Bolesworth International show jumping event in the grounds.[12][13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d English Heritage, "Bolesworth Castle (1278804)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 29 March 2012 
  2. ^ a b c "Anthony Barbour (Obituary)", The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group), 15 October 2007, retrieved 15 October 2007 
  3. ^ English Heritage, "Wall and steps of upper terrace in front of Bolesworth Castle (1230012)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 29 March 2012 
  4. ^ English Heritage, "Wall and steps of middle terrace in front of Bolesworth Castle (1229903)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 29 March 2012 
  5. ^ English Heritage, "Wall of lower terrace in front of Bolesworth Castle (1230017)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 29 March 2012 
  6. ^ English Heritage. "Temple with statue of Diana on south side of Chowley Drive at Bolesworth Castle (1278873)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  7. ^ English Heritage, "Park gates and gate piers with wing walls on North Drive to Bolesworth Castle (1278874)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 29 March 2012 
  8. ^ English Heritage, "Gate piers on drive to Bolesworth Castle from Chowley Lodge (1229905)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 29 March 2012 
  9. ^ English Heritage. "Open shelter at south end of upper terrace in front of Bolesworth Castle (1229904)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  10. ^ English Heritage, "Bridge over north end of fishpond at Bolesworth Castle (1278690)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 29 March 2012 
  11. ^ English Heritage, "Boat House at south end of fishpond at Bolesworth Castle (1278562)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 29 March 2012 
  12. ^ "Beautiful Bolesworth Castle", Cheshire Life (Archant Community Life), 5 January 2011, retrieved 4 July 2011 
  13. ^ Mayoh, Emma (13 May 2011), "Nina Barbour has big plans to continue the Bolesworth Estate legacy", Cheshire Life (Archant Community Life), retrieved 19 August 2014 
  14. ^ "Women Today: Nina Barbour, Bolesworth Estate", Chester Chronicle, 21 March 2013, retrieved 19 August 2014 

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