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Kenilworth Castle; Mervyn's Tower

Kenilworth Castle; Mervyn's Tower

Photographer: Thompson, Stephen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: C.44.d.7,8

Item number: 26

Genre: Photograph

“To give a more distinct idea of this superb place, the visitor has only to suppose himself entering by the great gateway on the north, when, advancing along the great court southward, he would find himself in front of the eastern façade. The great massive tower at his right hand is Caesar’s Tower, supposed to be so called from a resemblance to the Tower of London, but evidently Norman, and no doubt built by Geoffrey de Clinton. At his left hand, and forming the south-eastern angle, stands Leicester’s more modern and ornate Tower, with its large Elizabethan windows; and between them runs a lower range, called King Henry VIII.’s Lodgings and Sir Robert Dudley’s Lobby. Betwixt Dudley’s Lobby, King Henry’s Lodgings, and Caesar’s Tower, is the arched main entrance to the interior court of the castle. At the opposite side of the quadrangle rises Lancaster’s great banqueting hall, facing westward over the lake; and at its north-west angle rises Mervyn’s or the Strong Tower, where Scott imagines Any Robsart to have taken up her quarters, on her recent visit to the castle, during the great festival. The building betwixt Lancaster’s Buildings and Leicester’s, face the lake southwards.”

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

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