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Newark Castle

Newark Castle

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15544

Item number: f.111

Genre: Manuscript

Newark has been settled since Bronze Age times and its situation beside a river and fertile land explains its geographical importance. A castle has stood on this site from the late 11th century. In 1130 Alexander the Magnificent, Bishop of Lincoln and Lord of the Manor of Newark, built the present castle. During the Civil War the castle was a Royalist stronghold. When the king ordered its surrender the Newark inhabitants were told to dismantle all siegeworks including the castle itself. Today only a fifth of the original building survives, but what remains has been greatly restored..

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