At Lowther Castle in Cumbria the clocks stopped and time stood still. Once a place of ultimate opulence and extreme extravagance. All the more striking because when at it’s height there was a huge cavern between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’. This was a place just for the ‘haves’ for over 800 yrs, with the parkland being developed and in use through 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The Lowther Castle that is just remains today was completed in 1806.
A lifestyle of overindulgence led to the castle and gardens being abandoned in 1937. With the interior structure and the roof being removed in 1957 to avoid a death duty bill.
Parts of the garden are still abandoned and overgrown. It feels like a sleeping spell was cast, leaving nature to weave it’s magic upon the land.
There is an incredible atmosphere there, especially if you are fortunate enough to be the only visitors on a beautiful, quiet November day. It was amazing to explore the castle and the gardens with absolutely no one else around.
There was an eerie silence but you could feel all those now forgotten, who had lived and worked there from times now passed. You could almost see and here them.
The site is now being developed. The ruins of the castle are being made safe and turned into gardens. Some of the parkland has been cleared, with some re-planting and some of gardens are being left to nature as a testament of time.
For more information – www.lowthercastle.org
All the photos in this article where taken by me (c) Cultivating Time, when I visited the site in November 2015. Please give me credit if you use my images – Thank You.
So what’s your preference when it comes to visiting castles would you rather see it still all grand and opulent, full of expensive furniture and art or do you prefer the power of nature and leaving history to the passage of time?