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Ludlow Castle f70

Ludlow Castle f70

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42023

Item number: f70

Length: 16.5

Width: 21

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of the keep or Great Tower of Ludlow Castle in Shropshire. Ludlow was important because of its closeness to the Welsh border and when the Crown acquired its castle in the 16th and 17th centuries, it was the administrative centre of the 'Marches'. The keep is one of the oldest parts of the castle, built along with the inner bailey, in the early 12th century. The keep is unusual because it was built on top of the castle gatehouse. However this arrangement was later found to be vulnerable to attack and the gatehouse arch was blocked up.

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