DiCamillo Companion
England

Sizergh Castle

  • Built / Designed For: Strickland family

    House & Family History: The original 14th century castle, built for the Stricklands, an ancient Norman family, was converted, over a period of two hundred years, from a castle to a fortified manor house. The Strickland family gave Sizergh to the National Trust in 1950, though they continue to make the castle their seat today. The famous Inlaid Chamber, a principal tower bedroom created between 1573 and 1582, was was sold to the South Kensington Museum (today the Victoria & Albert Museum) in 1891; five years later the museum acquired four heraldic stained glass roundels and a walnut bed with the Strickland arms from the Inlaid Chamber. All of this was put together in London as the V&A's first period room. After a decades-long lobbying effort by the Strickland family and the National Trust, the paneling and stained glass returned to Sizergh in 1999 on long term loan from the V&A. William Waldorf Astor's Drawing Room at Hever Castle, created in the early 20th century, was modeled on the Inlaid Chamber. Sizergh also contains some of the finest Elizabethan carved overmantels in England.

  • J.B. Burke: Vol. I, p. 162, 1852.

    J.P. Neal: 2.S. Vol. I, 1824.

    Country Life: XIX, 942, 1906. LX, 653 [Furniture], 1926. CVI, 1216, 1949.

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Seat of: Strickland family; here for over 750 years.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01539-560-070

    Fax: 01539-560-951

    Email: sizergh@nationaltrust.org.uk

    Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No