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Orford [Castle] 1872

Orford [Castle] 1872

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42023

Item number: f61

Length: 18.6

Width: 18.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Drawing of the great keep entrance of Orford Castle on the Suffolk coast. This castle was built on the orders of Henry II, to create a royal stronghold in the East Anglia region. It was completed quickly, being built between 1165-73. It is remarkable because of its polygonal keep,which was one of the first of this type. The idea behind it was that a polygonal keep was less easily undermined than a traditional keep. This one had an incredible 21 sides, was 90 ft tall and composed of 5 storeys. As this view shows it had an entrance stairway leading to the first floor and three buttress turrets. Each turret contained rooms on all storeys including kitchens, a chapel, closet and prison cells.

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