Intervening Years

1899 - 1967  "A Castle in Decline"

Larnach Castle has had many owners between the Larnach Family and the current Barker Family. The Castle has had many uses, as a lunatic asylum, a hospital for shell-shocked soldiers and a nuns' retreat. The Ballroom was once even used as a sheep holding pen!


Auction of furniture and chattels.  Used as a holiday retreat for nuns.


Government buys Castle for 3,000 pounds.  Castle then used as a hospital for mental patients and for shell-shocked soldiers.


Castle vacant - suffered much theft and vandalism.


Mr Jackson Purdie purchased the Castle and spent a large sum of money restoring buildings and grounds.  The Castle became a showplace filled with antiques.  Electricity connected.


Mr Purdie, with failing health, decides to sell - no interest - so contemplates demolishing the building and selling the materials.


Castle goes to auction; bought by Mr Armstrong for 1,250 pounds.


Sold to Mr Stedman.  During WW2 over 80 US soldiers billeted here.


Mrs Empson purchased the Castle.

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