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View of Bodium Castle, Sussex

View of Bodium Castle, Sussex

Engraver: Jukes, Francis

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1799

Shelfmark: Ktop XLII

Item number: 38c

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the magnificent, moated late-medieval structure of Bodium Castle. It was built by Sir Edward Dalyngrydge, who was granted a license to crenellate in 1385. The castle was built as a perfect square, with a round tower at each corner. The moat has bridges on the north and south sides, with the gatehouse on the north side being the main entrance. The castle was partly dismantled during the civil war and by the 18th century was owned by the Webster family. John Bying, social diarist and Viscount Torrington, visited in 1788 and complained: "This castle belongs to Sr Godfrey Webster, who has lock'd up the gate leading into the interior of the square; and from a narrowness of possession does not allow a key to any neighbour; tho, surely a proper inhabitant wou'd secure and preserve it, and get a livelyhood, (or at least much support,) from us castle hunters. So I cou'd only walk around the little lake which washes the walls; and adds much to the curiosity, and safety of the building."

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