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 Castles of Scotland - Newark Castle






Location
Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Description
Newark Castle is a well-preserved castle sited on the south shore of the Firth of Clyde in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland. It was orignally a tower house to which a Scottish baronial style mansion was added. When the port became a shipbuilding centre, the castle was surrounded by shipyards. The last shipyard on the lower Clyde stands close to the west of the castle. The original castle was a tower house within a walled enclosure entered through a large gatehouse. All that remains of the outer defensive wall is part of one of the corner towers. Newark Castle came into state care in 1909 and is now a property of Historic Scotland.

History
The castle was built in 1478 by George Maxwell. Sir Patrick Maxwell extended the castle in the late 16th century adding a new a three storey Renaissance mansion. The mansion is linked to the original tower house by an east wing, and a west wing connects the mansion to the gatehouse. The mansion is in Scottish baronial style with crow-stepped gables and corbelled turrets on the north corners. The outer wall was demolished except for the north east tower, which was converted into a doocot. In 1668 the Glasgow authorities purchased 18 acres around Newark Castle from Sir George Maxwell and developed the harbour into Port Glasgow. The last Maxwell died in 1694. After that the castle had a series of non-resident owners.


Other Castles in the Area
  Barr Castle, Renfrewshire
  Buchanan Castle, Stirling
  Carrick Castle, Argyll and Bute
  Castle Levan, Inverclyde
  Craigend Castle, East Dunbartonshire
  Duchal Castle, Inverclyde
  Dumbarton Castle, Dunbartonshire
  Johnstone Castle, Renfrewshire
  Kelburn Castle, Ayrshire
  Law Castle, Ayrshire
  Mugdock Castle, Glasgow
  Portencross Castle, Ayrshire
  Rothesay Castle, Argyll and Bute
  Skelmorlie Castle, Ayrshire
  Stanely Castle, Renfrewshire







Stanely Castle
near Port Glasgow on the River Clyde, Renfrewshire Scotland. The large building to the rear was a ropework, but is now being renovated into housing

Photograph by Robert Orr. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Stanely Castle
near Port Glasgow on the River Clyde, Renfrewshire Scotland.

Photograph by Robert Orr. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Stanely Castle
Newark Castle, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde. Behind the Castle can be seen the crane in Ferguson's shipyard

Photograph by Brian D Osborne. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Stanely Castle
Newark Castle in Port Glasgow on the south bank of the river Clyde.

Photograph by Jozef Wendland. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


 Newark Castle map