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Lunn's Tower And King's Chamber, From The West

Lunn's Tower And King's Chamber, From The West

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: 7817.s.2

Item number: 14

Length: 15

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of Lunn’s Tower and the King’s Chamber at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. Founded in the 12th century, Kenilworth is the largest castle ruin in England and was one of the country's most magnificent noble residences. By the 13th century the Norman castle keep was formidably fortified with a curtain wall surrounded by water defenses including a moat and a vast artificial lake known as the Great Mere. Lunn’s Tower stands on the north-east corner of the curtain wall overlooking the moat, and with the Swan Tower and the Water Tower is one of three angle towers on the wall. It dates from the 13th Century.

The image is one of 23 photographs illustrating an 1872 guide to the history and architecture of the castle by the Reverend E. H. Knowles, who wrote: “Going (by permission) from the gable-end of Hawkesworth’s house, close to which the arch of Leicester’s bridge may be seen, the visitor will notice Lunn’s Tower, the gorge or back of which has been destroyed. This interesting tower was built about 1175 or 1180, and altered before 1235, probably, about 1216, when the fireplaces were added and the staircase turret built…The middle story of Lunn’s Tower was called the King’s Chamber...The name has never been accounted for, unless indeed, Lunn was the lieutenant in charge during the siege of 1265. It is evident that this tower has suffered greatly at some time or other from violence, most likely under Hawkesworth’s hands.”

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