Gresgarth Hall (also known as , )5224

Caton, England, Lancashire, Lancaster

Brief Description

Gresgarth Hall's gardens were completely re-designed in the late-20th century. Features include terraced gardens, lakeside gardens, an orchard and a woodland garden.

History

Gresgarth Hall was established in the mid-14th century. The Hall has been a private residence since that time. However, due to the present owners' landscaping reputation, the gardens are now open to the public.

Visitor Facilities

The opening times for the gardens are extremely limited. http://www.visitlancashire.com/site/gresgarth-hall-p18027

Detailed Description

Gresgarth Hall's gardens have been recently developed. Before 1996, the estate mainly consisted of parkland. There were also a fishpond, disused corn mill, and pilgrims rest. In 1985, a terraced garden was added to the estate. Since 1996, Gresgarth Hall features an entrance forecourt and multiple terraced gardens. There is a series of hedged, coloured and themed gardens throughout the estate. Gresgarth Hall has herbaceous borders and a re-designed lake. Close to the lake there is a lakeside garden and a bog. A wild garden and a large terraced, kitchen garden are located within the grounds. There is also a nuttery, orchard and a woodland garden. Modern and classical sculpture is displayed throughout the Gresgarth Hall garden.
Features
  • Fishpond
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  • Kitchen Garden
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  • Garden Terrace
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  • Orchard
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  • Ornamental Lake
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Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The opening times for the gardens are extremely limited. http://www.visitlancashire.com/site/gresgarth-hall-p18027
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Caton-with-Little
History

Detailed History

Gresgarth Hall was founded about 1330. The Hall was constructed as a defensive home by Agnes and John Curwen. The Curwens possessed Gresgarth Hall for the following 300 years. John Curwen of Caton, fourth in line of descent from the John who married Agnes, died some time after 1457. At this time, the estate passed to a relative, Gilbert Curwen and his descendants. When the last Curwen died in 1633, Gresgarth Hall passed to the Morleys. The Morleys then sold the estate to the Girlingtons of Therland (Thurland).

In 1805, Gresgarth Hall house was remodelled, which softened the defensive characteristics of the house. The estate was then passed to several owners until the late-20th century. In 1996, the current owner purchased the estate. The current owners renovated the house and re-designed the gardens. Gresgarth Hall gardens are open to the public on select days. There is also a plant nursery located on the estate.

References

Contributors

  • E. Bennis and J. Dyke