Astley Castle

Astley Castle is now a shadow of its former self but at one time it was a house which was originally built during the Medieval period and which has been altered and added to during the following centuries. The building, which is listed grade 2*, is roughly rectangular built of local red sandstone, having two storeys, with embattled parapets throughout. It is largely of mid 16th century date but there is evidence that part of a 12th century structure is embodied in the building. The house is surrounded by a moat and is situated at Astley in Warwickshire.

There were substantial alterations during the 17th century and again in 1820. There is evidence for the original materials being used to rebuild the house in subsequent phases. The building became a hotel in modern times and it was destroyed by fire in 1978 following which it has become the ruin it is today.

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Astley Castle is a site of national importance that deserves to survive for centuries more and in 2009 The Landmark Trust carried out a challenging phase of repairs and consolidations of the  ruin following which they have  created a contemporary new Landmark building within the consolidated ruin which is now  available to rent as holiday accommodation.

The design of this building was the subject of a competition and the successful entry was submitted by London based architects, Witherford Watson Mann who were retained by Landmark Trust for the procurement of this new ‘Landmark’.

The new structure, was partly financed with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, helped to consolidate some of the most important and earliest parts of the castle. Other parts were so far decayed that there was no option but to reduce them to a mere footprint. However, the bulk of the surviving walls remain and the overall history of the site  will be made known to the wider public through regular Open Days and through an interpretation trail around the wider setting.


I was retained in 2007 by Landmark Trust together with structural engineers Mann Williams, quantity surveyors Bare Leaning and Bare and archaeologist Morriss Associates to oversee the first phase of the Project which was to repair, consolidate and stabilise the ruin ready for the second phase in which the new Landmark building was to be constructed. The repairs were partly funded with an English Heritage grant.

Astley Castle Photo side Back Astley Castle from Church Tower Gallery

Peter Napier FRICS

Astley Castle from Church Tower