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The West View of Stoke Courci Castle. In the county of Somerset

The West View of Stoke Courci Castle. In the county of Somerset

Artist: Buck, Samuel & Nathan

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1733

Shelfmark: K.top 38

Item number: 31

Genre: Topographical Print

The castle was built in the 12th century by William de Courci, a Norman Knight when he inherited the land here on his marriage. During the 12th century the spelling of the family name changed from de Courci to Courcy. The village which was originally known as Stokes became known as Stoke Coursey, and this was further corrupted into Stogursey- the name by which it is now known. The castle was inherited by Fulk de Breaute who was dishonest and who was expelled from the castle by Henry III. The castle was partly dismantled and abandoned. It was later rebuilt but was destroyed during the Wars of the Roses.

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