Nearby Sizergh has been home to the Strickland family since the thirteenth century. However with a decline in the family’s fortunes and the spectre of inheritance tax the castle and its contents were given to the National Trust in 1950 with the agreement that the family would be allowed to continue living there.
During the 800 years the family have lived at Sizergh they have played a significant role in many national events, including carrying the English banner of St George at Agincourt. Throughout the castle can be seen the Strickland coat-of-arms which incorporates three silver scallops on a black background – the three scallops being signs of pilgrimage.
The Redman family, another local family and part of the Strickland lineage, have a coat of arms that bears three pillows or cushions. According to Gerald Findler (in Legends of Lakeland), one of the Redman ancestors had to fight an adversary in single combat. He arrived so early at the place of combat that, while awaiting the arrival of his foe, he went to his tent and fell asleep. He was suddenly awakened by the fanfare of trumpets which announced the alarm and presence of the enemy. Quickly rising from his bed, he lifted his sword, ran out of his tent, madly rushed upon his opponent, and slew him without delay. This deed was told and retold, and the three pillows, a perpetual reminder of the sleepy warrior, was incorporated in the Redman coat of arms.