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Berry Pomeroy Castle

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42023

Item number: f72

Length: 16.2

Width: 25.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of the foliage covered ruins of Berry Pomeroy Castle in Devon. It is located apart from the village of Berry Pomeroy in a picturesque spot half way up a wooded hill side which overlooks a deep ravine and river. The de Pomeropy family lived here from the Norman Conquest until 1547. Most of the castle however dates from the later middle ages. The gunports within the defences suggest they were built around the late 14th century. The castle was altered by Edward Seymour Duke of Somerset in the mid 16th century, but by 1701 John Prince, a local vicar recorded it was an abandoned ruin.

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