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The Swan Tower (13th Century)

The Swan Tower (13th Century)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: 7817.s.2

Item number: 96

Length: 15

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Swan 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. Founded in the early 12th century, the Swan (or Swan’s Nest) Tower dates from the 13th century. A square structure, it commanded the north-west corner of the curtain wall overlooking the moat where it flowed into the Mere, a great artificial lake encircling the south and west sides of the castle. With Lunn’s Tower and the Water Tower it was one of three angle towers defending the moat. Reverend Knowles observed: “…the Swan Tower, which flanked the entrance to the moat, [was] built possibly in 1219. Swans were probably fed here in Q. Elizabeth’s time.”

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