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Brancepeth Castle, Gateway

Brancepeth Castle, Gateway

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15538

Item number: f.99

Length: 33.9

Width: 49.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

A view in ink of Brancepeth Castle gateway in Durham. The castle was founded in Saxon times and was owned by the Neville family until 1569. The castle was then confiscated by the Crown following a plot by the Nevilles to overthrow Elizabeth I. The Crown held it until James I passed it to the Carr family, who were earls of Somerset.

A subsequent resident, Sir Henry Bellaysyse, had a daughter called Mary, whose tale of unrequited love for a local young man is forever preserved in the folk song Bobby Shafto.

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