Piriton Castle, Croolme Park

Pirton Castle is situated in the grounds of Croome Park in Worcestershire and has been managed by the National Trust since 1996.

Croome is internationally renowned for being Capability Brown’s first completed landscaped park which was started in 1751 and was worked upon by Brown until his death in 1783.

Pirton Castle was designed as both an eyecatcher and belvedere by James Wyatt in 1797. A watercolour signed by James Wyatt dated 1801 is said to be probably painted from life as it very closely matches today’s remains.

Constructed as a ruin, the Grade II listed Castle is one of three outer eyecatchers, the others being Dunstall Castle to the South and Panorama to the West.

Midland Conservation Ltd was engaged by the Trust to stabilise and repair the existing masonry and carefully remove extensive destructive vegetation. Rebuilding upper levels of the stonework along with re-pointing of the masonry was carried out under the direction of John C Goom (Architect). The principal aim of the project was to ‘conserve as found’ and the works were successfully completed in August 2009.