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Great Gate of Sisingherst Kent

Great Gate of Sisingherst Kent

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1780

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 18

Item number: 52.2b

Length: 16

Width: 10.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

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Drawing of the great gatehouse of Sissinghurst Castle, Kent. There was originally a moated manor house here in the Middle Ages. Then this was demolished and a red brick Tudor mansion built here. This replaced by Sir Richard Baker with a vast mansion, which Elizabeth I stayed in shortly after its completion in 1753. However by the mid 18th century it was inhabitable so it was leased to the government and used as a prison for French Prisoners of War. The appalling conditions and damage from this period ensured that by 1800, it was so ruinous, it had to be pulled down. This twin turreted gatehouse was one of the only parts left intact. It is built of brick, four stories high with four light windows in each storey. At each end there are octagonal stair turrets topped with bulbous cupolas.

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