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Cornesbrook Castle near the village

Cornesbrook Castle near the village

Artist: Walmsley, Thomas

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1803

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 15.h

Length: 49.4

Width: 69

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of a small hamlet with Carisbrook Castle (not Cornsbrook Castle as the title of this print suggests), on a hill in the background. Although fairly remote the castle site was strategically very important because as well as being built on high ground with views across the land and the estuary of the River Medina, it had its own private water supply which was vital in case the castle was cut off after an attack. Although few kings actually lived in the castle (Charles I was the only one to do so and that was because he was held prisoner here during the Civil War), it became the home of the Governor’s of the Isle of Wight and continued to be until the 1940s.

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