Saturday, June 29, 2019

Sir John Girlington: Thurland Castle, Tunstall, Lancashire, England

How Thurland Castle ended up in the Girlington family.

Sir John Girlington, b. 1560-1564, Tunstall, Lancashire, England, d. 28 Feb 1612, Thurland Castle, Tunstall, Lancashire, England (Age 48 years)
-Christianna Babthorpe, b. 1568, Osgodby, Yorkshire, England, d. 1640, (Lancashire) England (Age 72 years)

see, de Grylyngton 

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The earliest existing fabric dates from the 14th century, and in 1402 Sir Thomas Tunstall was given a licence to crenellate the building in 1402.

It the passed down through his son Thomas to Bryan, a hero of the Battle of Flodden in 1513, who was dubbed the "Stainless Knight" by the king and immortalised in the poem The Stainless Knight and the Battle of Flodden Field by Sir Walter Raleigh. Bryan's son Marmaduke was High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1544.

After two or three further generations of Tunstalls the castle was sold to Sir John Girlington in 1605. After passing to his grandson, Sir John Girlington, a Royalist major-general during the Civil War, it was badly damaged by Parliamentarian forces during a siege in 1643, following which it was described as being "ruinous". Sir John's son, also John, was High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1663.

Tunstall is a village in north Lancashire, England (grid reference SD607736). It is 11.1 miles (18 km) northeast of Lancaster on the A683 road between Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale. In the 2001 census the civil parish of Tunstall had a population of 105,[1] increasing to 223 at the 2011 Census.[2]

To the north east of the village is the Grade I listed Church of St John the Baptist.

Several houses, a restaurant, a village hall, and a tennis court make up most of the village of Tunstall. The restaurant/pub, called the Lunesdale Arms hosts many village activities, such as carol services and quizzes.

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Thurland Castle

To the south of the village is Thurland Castle, which dates from the fourteenth century. It was made ruinous following a siege in 1643, restored in 1809 and 1829, then gutted by fire in 1879 and rebuilt. It is now divided into apartments.

News and Real Estate
  • This link features Thurland Castle and is advertising the sale of a 3-bedroom apartment for about $1,000,000
  • Meet the owners of Thurland Castle

Source: Hackney Leigh
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