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form in the reign of Queen Elizabeth; and in taste of carvings in wood, attempted to outdo his contemporary, Walter Strickland, Esq. of Sizergh. After Bellingham it came to Colonel Graham, and from his daughter, by marriage, to the ancestor of the late noble possessor.
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Return by Levens-bridge, to Kendal, five miles. Have a new view
of the valley, and the east side of the Kent. At the park-gate
have a charming view of Sizergh, shewing itself to the morning
sun, and appearing to advantage from an elevated site under a
bold and wooded back-ground. The tower was built in the reign of
Henry III, or Edward I, by Sir William Strickland, who had
married Elizabeth, the general heiress of Ralph D'Aincourt. This
is evident from an escutcheon cut in stone, on the west side of
the tower, and hung cornerwise, D'Aincourt quartering Strickland,
three escalop shells, the crest, on a close helmet, a full-topt
holly-bush. The same are the arms of the family at this time, and
this has been their chief residence ever since.
The Earl of Suffolk.- The gardens belonging to this seat are
rather curious, in the old style, and said to have been planned
by the gardener of James II, who resided here with Colonel
Graham, during some part of the troubles of his royal master.
Sizergh-hall, is a venerable old building, in a pleasant
situation, formed like the rest in ancient times, for a place of
defence. The tower is a square building, defended by two square
turrets and battlements. One of them is over the great entrance,
and as a guard-room capable of containing ten or a dozen men with
embrazures. The winding stair-case terminates in a turret, which
defends the other entrance.
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