Part of Carisbrook Castle
Artist and engraver: Malton, T.
View of Casrisbrook Castle in the Isle of Wight. The castle was built in the 11th century on the remains of earlier Saxon fortifications, it would have originally been of wooden construction and was not rebuilt from stone until the 13th century. The 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. However few Kings actually lived in the castle because of its remote location- only Charles I stayed here and that was because it was at Carisbrook that he was held prisoner during the Civil War of the 17th century.