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Norman Window In Keep (About 1135)

Norman Window In Keep (About 1135)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: 7817.s.2

Item number: 88

Length: 15

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of a Norman slit window in the Keep 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. The stone Keep was built later in the century, replacing the original Norman fortress which was probably of earth and timber. It was the last bastion against attack should all the castle’s other defences fail. These included an earthwork, a palisade, a moat and a vast lake known as the Great Mere which surrounded the castle on three sides. This view shows the one remaining unaltered Norman arrow slit window on the Keep. For security it is very narrow but has sides splayed into the massive thickness of the masonry walls to admit more light. Other windows on the Keep have been enlarged or replaced, many by the Earl of Leicester in the 16th century.

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