Another trip to another Castle and what a nice place it is! Lulworth Castle is surrounded by stunning countryside in Lulworth Park and the Lulworth Estate. The castle is little known, but as we saw today is worth every minute spent visiting it.
Lulworth Castle, in East Lulworth, Dorset, England, situated south of Wool, is an early 17th-century mock castle. The stone building has now been re-built as a museum.
The foundations for Lulworth Castle were laid in 1588, and it was completed in 1609, supposedly designed by Inigo Jones. The castle was built as a hunting lodge by Thomas Howard, 3rd Viscount Howard of Bindon, a grandson of the 3rd Duke of Norfolk. In 1641, Humphrey Weld, a grandson of Humphrey Weld, purchased it from Howard’s heir, Lord Howard de Walden. The castle was seized by the Roundheads during the English Civil War, who used it as a garrison. Weld regained the property after the war finished. A Roman Catholic Chapel was built in the grounds in 1786. Following the French Revolution, the surviving members of the French Royal Family were allowed to use Lulworth as one of their residences-in-exile. Charles X of France also stayed there briefly following the Revolution of July 1830.
The castle was gutted by fire on 29 August 1929 and was left as a roofless ruin, the family building a new residence for themselves nearby. In the 1970s, restoration work began with the help of English Heritage. The restoration, finished in 1998, included a new roof and restored surviving walls in the interior, but no new internal walls or replacements for the destroyed upper floors were constructed.
I found it sad that they had not replaced the floors that were lost during the fire, they could easily make money by allowing people to sleep over in the turret areas of the castle if they spent money on further restoration works. Indeed one of their income sources is to allow weddings at £5000 – £7000 depending on the day of the week you wish to be married. But you cannot stay there, thats a lot of money just to get married within the grounds of a castle if you have to leave pretty much as soon as you have had a quick celebration drink! (My opinion). The weddings cannot take place until the public (tourists) have left the grounds also reducing your day!