Taking advantage of a bright but overcast day, a trip to Sizergh was on the cards. It wasn't very busy so I was able to grab some pretty good photos, especially from the gardens as they'd been closed on previous visits. So this time, the castle has been photographed within its gardens and landscaping context.
Note the scallop shells on top of each of the gate-posts. Thank you to my eagle-eyed wife who spotted them. These relate to the scallops shown on the Strickland coat of arms, very much in evidence all around the gardens and the castle. For instance, on my recent visit, the family flag was flying on the top of the tower.
The window shown above, is situated in the East wall of the Strickland chapel in the parish church in Kendal. It shows the three silver scallops, representing pilgrimage, on a black background with a patterned edge all around the shield. These arms are specifically belong to the Stricklands of Sizergh Castle. The Dacre family have a similar coat of arms, with three silver scallops on a black background, but importantly, without the patterned edge.
Above. Again...the Stricklands of Sizergh's arms over the entrance to the Strickland chapel at Kendal.
The shield and arms shown above, are again specifically of the Stricklands of Sizergh Castle. They can be found above the doorway in the wooden panelling of the screen that marks the Strickland Chapel in Kendal parish church. There are various forms of these arms throughout Sizergh Castle, relating to the many marriages into the family by other families....each time small additions and changes were made to the coat of arms. Check the link for loads of information on the Strickland family history.
Check out the link for details on the opening times for Sizergh Castle.
And if you fancy a bite to eat, or a look around the farm shop, check the link for Low Sizergh Barn nearby.