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Beverston Castle, gateway

Beverston Castle, gateway

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15540

Item number: f.106

Length: 184

Width: 265

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

Beverston Castle was built in the mid-13th century by Maurice Berkeley, a descendent of Robert Fitzharding who founded At Augustine's Abbey, later to become Bristol Cathedral. The Berkeleys were a wealthy and influential family and over the centuries the castle received many Royal visitors. During the English Civil War (1642-1646), it was naturally a Royalist stronghold. It was finally captured by Parliamentarian forces who then set about laying the castle to ruin.

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