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Carisbrooke Castle f27

Carisbrooke Castle f27

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42023

Item number: f27

Length: 16.1

Width: 25.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of the entrance and gatehouse to Carisbrooke Castle. This is the main castle defending the Isle of Wright. It stands on a hilltop, overlooking Newport to the south, on the site of an 11th-century timber fort. Building began on the current castle in 1100 when the island came into the possession of the de Redvers family.
This view shows an outer archway with a pediment on and this is Elizabethan. The gatehouse is impressive. The outer part with its round towers were built in c.1335-6 and the towers are heavily machicolated (machicolations were a series of openings under a projecting parapet between the corbels that support it).

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