The house from "Morris's Views of Seats," circa 1875.
An 1820 engraving of the house from "Neale's Views of Seats"
Earlier Houses: There was an earlier manor house on the site of the current castle.
Built / Designed For: Neville family
House & Family History: Raby is one of the largest 14th century castles in Britain, although one of the towers may date to the 11th century. The Castle was originally built by the powerful Neville family, who owned it until the Rising of the North in 1569, when Raby was seized by the crown. It remained a property of the crown until 1626, when the Castle was purchase from Charles I by Sir Henry Vane, ancestor of the present Lord Barnard. Raby played important parts in the Wars of the Roses and the Civil War.
Garden & Outbuildings: The house is set in a 200-acre deer park.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 64, 1852.
John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, 1818.
Country Life: II, 321, 1897. XXXVIII, 760 plan, 804, 1915. CXLVI, 78, 150, 1969. CXLVII, 18, 66, 186, 1970.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 1995
Reference: pg. 223
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Softback
Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
Year Published: 1990
Reference: pg. P 93
Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Current Seat / Home of: John Vane, 11th Baron Barnard; Vane family here for 370 years.
Past Seat / Home of: Neville family. Henry Vane, 2nd Earl of Darlington, 18th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home