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Carisbrook, Isle of Wight

Carisbrook, Isle of Wight

Artist: King, J.

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 16.c

Length: 39

Width: 56.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Carisbrook Castle, the largest castle on the Isle of Wight. A wooden castle was built here in the 11th century by the Norman followers of William the Conqueror. The castle keep and thick curtain walls were built in the 13th century from stone and then the bastions were built in the 16th century to modernise Carisbrook and bring the defences up to date enabling them to defend against artillery. The castle walls formed the shape of an irregular pentagonal form and the complex consisted of a great hall, kitchen, chapel and a number of rooms that could be used as private chambers.

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