Carr Hall Castle

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Carr Hall Castle
West Riding
Carr Hall Castle at Night.JPG
Carr Hall Castle
Grid reference: SE08641894
Location: 53°40’0"N, 1°52’16"W
Village: Holywell Green
For: Shaw Family
Country house
Victorian mock-Gothic

Carr Hall Castle, otherwise known as Castle Farmhouse, is a remarkable folly castle standing at the end of Shaw Lane, which runs here southwards out of Holywell Green, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It won Channel 5's 2008 television show I Own Britain's Best Home.[1]

It is a substantial, Victorian mock-Gothic castle with turret, towers and battlements, gatehouse and stable block. It was built in the mid-19th century. The front façade has a three-storey, square, embattled tower with two arch-headed windows and lancets. Over entrance to rear courtyard is three-storey tower with lancets and machicolation; all are embattled. To left a stable block with rusticated battlements and arch-headed doorways and windows to stalls for shire horses. An embattled tower with machicolation balances the facade at the end. Rear forms intimate courtyard with outbuildings. It is a Grade II listed building.[2]

The house was built by the Shaw family to housed the bailiff who bred the shire horses for Brookroyd Mills. The Shaws were millowners of Holywell Green.

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  1. 'Through the keyhole of the castle voted UK's best home': Martin Hickman in The Independent Friday 16 May 2008
  2. National Heritage List 1313958: Castle Farmhouse (Grade II listing)