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Hurstmonceux Castle

Hurstmonceux Castle

Photographer: Sedgfield, W. Russell

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: C.44.d.7,8

Item number: 102

Genre: Photograph

“Hurstmonceux Castle is remarkable as being a castle built of brick, and perhaps one of the oldest buildings of that material in the kingdom, except such as are of Roman origin. It was built in the reign of Henry VI., but, as is supposed, on the site of a manor-house which had existed there from very early times. The estate fell into the hands of a Norman lord at the Conquest; and in the ‘Magna Britannia’ we have this history of it and its possessors…The shell of the castle is still finely mantled with ivy [and] the situation, though low, is very pleasant. As you approach the main gateway to the south, you are struck by its bold and impressive aspect. Above it are the arms of the Fiennes, with their supporters, the alaune, or wolf-dog. The flanking towers are 84 feet high, and are capped with watch-turrets, from which there is a good view of the sea, at a few miles distant; for the castle overlooks the bay of Pevensey, and presents a full sight of Beachy Head.”

Excerpt from “Hurstmonceux Castle”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain and Ireland’ by William Howitt.

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