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Wigmore Castle 111.c

Wigmore Castle 111.c

Artist: Hodges, W.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1778

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 111.c

Length: 35.1

Width: 51.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the ruins of Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire, western England. The original castle on this site was built by William Fitzburn in the early 11th century but when it is mentioned in the Domesday Book written in 1086, it had been granted to Ralph de Mortimer. The Mortimer family became one of the most powerful families in England and the castle became a symbol of their strength. It was largely rebuilt in the 14th century and was a powerful base from which to attack the Welsh kingdom. After the Civil war its defences were not modernised and from this time it fell to ruin.

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