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HAZLEWOOD CASTLE

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Remains of a castle or fortified house, built in the late 13th century and incorporated into an 18th century country house now used as a Carmelite monastery. The medieval building was granted a licence to crenellate in 1290 while the detached chapel to the east was licenced in 1286. The small, square tower was added in the 15th century. The fortified house was converted circa 1760-70 and further altered during the early to mid 20th century. It passed into the possession of the Carmelite order in 1972 and was internally altered circa 1976-80. The building is roughly H-shaped in plan, constructed of limestone with a Welsh slate roof and some crenellations. The chapel was built circa 1283-5 with later additions including the bellcote, which is dated 1680. The interior was refurbished in the mid 18th century, probably by John Carr. The plan comprises a nave, chancel, south porch, vestry and west bellcote. The chapel contains a number of monuments to the Vavasour family, including two early 14th century effigies.

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