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    Default Fillingham Castle Gatehouse and Lodge, Lincolnshire, October 2016


    Wasn't intending on doing a report on this place but it just turned out so damn photogenic and charming that I had to do one. The place in question is the former main entrance and lodge to Fillingham Castle just 9 miles north of Lincoln on the A15 (Ermine Street). Also known as Ermine lodge, it was built in 1775 of limestone ashlar in battlement gothic style, possibly designed by John Carr. The castle itself Castle sits above The Cliff and was built in 1770 for Sir Cecil Wray using stone quarried from the park.

    The last people to live here apparently were Mr and Mrs Grant when they were in the late fifties. Living was basic. The living room and kitchen were to the right of the gate and the bedroom on the other side. There was no electricity or running water but they did have a well and pump in the garden.

    The Grade II listed structure (16th December 1964) is in a pretty poor way now which is a real shame. Historic England lists it as 'very bad' in terms of its condition which is pretty accurate. The turret on the right hand side of the lodge has missing stonework at the top and is in danger of collapse. The screen wall at the far right is leaning inwards. The main lodge rooms in the turrets flanking the entrance arch are roofless with foliage and trees growing inside.

    Turned out to be a delightful mini explore in the lovely autumn twilight. Here's the pictures.

    The gatehouse is bang on the A15:

    img8018 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Close-up of the right-hand tower:

    img7986 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    View through the gates towards Fillingham Castle:

    img7987bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Side elevation from the south looking north:

    img7989 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Looking south:

    img7995 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Used by the farmer in the past?

    img7990 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img7991 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Overgrown doorway:

    img7994 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And one with its door still in situ:

    img8006 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Fallen door-arch masonry:

    img7996 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In we go. Here's the kitchen:

    img7997 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Nice little range:

    img8000 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And parlour shelves:

    img7999 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8005 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Passageway through to the lounge:

    img8003 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The lounge and what is left of the roof:

    img8002 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On the inside looking out:

    img8007 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The bedroom:

    img8008 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A boarded up window:

    img8009 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A decorative circular aperture - note carved heads either side:

    img8011 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Sunset on the West side:

    img8015 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Silhouette on the East side:

    img7985 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    I'm glad you did do a report HughieD, definitely worth it as you have taken some great photos.

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    That's a great report hughie.so glad you posted it.i would certainly give this a look if I was in the area.really enjoyed this one
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    I liked it, Thanks
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    Nicely done and good shots, especially the sunset ones. That's a very small gate keepers house.
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    I always love finding original features in buildings. Love this report HughieD :)

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    Cheers folks. Love it when something turns out to be more than you expected!

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    I rather like that palce and very nicely shot sir :)
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    Not sure if im allowed to share video links so if im not please remove, couldn't resist visiting this place today https://youtu.be/i6Oq_g4gBTg

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    Quote Originally Posted by fernox View Post
    Not sure if im allowed to share video links so if im not please remove, couldn't resist visiting this place today https://youtu.be/i6Oq_g4gBTg
    Not bad, informative but there is a dedicated video post on this website. You could put it there.
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