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Raby Castle (Raby)

Raby Castle is a historic castle at Raby in County Durham, and is today the home of Lord Barnard.

It dates mainly from the 14th century, and was built by the Nevill family on he site of an earlier manor house.

The battlemented castle has nine towers and is one of the largest inhabited buildings in the country.

The abortive Rising of the North, in 1569, was planned here, in the magnificent Barons Hall. One of the results was the forfeiture of the castle and its land to the Crown.

Among the treasures of Raby are fine furniture and artworks by many great artists including Munnings, Reynolds and Van Dyck.

The deer park covers 200 acres, and has two lakes and a beautiful walled garden. The 18th century stable block houses a carriage collection, including the state coach which the family used for the Coronation of Edward VII in 1902.

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