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Pontefract Castle f.61

Pontefract Castle f.61

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15548

Item number: f.61

Genre: Manuscript

View of the now ruined Pontefract Castle, begun in the late 11th century by the de Lacy family. The castle is situated on top of a cliff to the east of the town and overlooks the Great North Road. During the Middle Ages it was one of the most impressive and strategically important castles in the north of England. It was dismantled by Parliamentary troops after a siege in 1649, to avoid the castle falling again to the King's forces. Since then little remains of the walls. Daniel Defoe who visited in the early 18th century commented, "I took a little trip to see the antient town of Pontefract, with that dismal place called the Castle, a place that was really dismal on many accounts, having been a scene of blood (shed) in many several ages".

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