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Lunn's Tower (Before 1200)

Lunn's Tower (Before 1200)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: 7817.s.2

Item number: 80

Length: 15

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of Lunn’s Tower at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. Kenilworth is the largest castle ruin in England and was one of the country’s most magnificent royal residences. It was founded in the early 12th century by Geoffrey de Clinton, chamberlain of Henry I. He built the castle and endowed a priory on land given to him by the King. By the 13th century the castle was already formidably fortified with a curtain wall and defended by pools, a moat, marshes, and a vast artificial lake known as the Great Mere, on its southern and western flanks. Lunn’s Tower dates from this period and stands on the north-east corner of the castle wall overlooking the moat. With the Swan Tower and the Water Tower it is one of three angle towers which defend the moat.

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