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Lumley Castle, tower f.32

Lumley Castle, tower f.32

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15540

Item number: f.32

Length: 266

Width: 180

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

In 1389 Sir Ralph Lumley built his castle on ancestral lands. In 1402 Sir Ralph and his son were executed for their role in the conspiracy to overthrow Henry IV and place Richard II on the throne. The crown confiscated the estate from the Lumley family and gave it to the Earl of Somerset. When he died heirless the land reverted back to the Lumley line in accordance with the law of the time.

In the early 18th century Sir John Vanbrugh, the great architect of Blenheim Palace, carried out extensive renovation to the castle. Today Lumley Castle is a hotel.

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