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Stokesay Castle f.39

Stokesay Castle f.39

Artist: Edward Blore

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1811

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42017

Item number: f.39

Length: 20.5

Width: 30

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This pencil and ink drawing shows the three-storey battlemented south tower of Stokesay Castle in Shropshire. Like most of the adjoining building, the tower dates from the 13th century and remains remarkably intact.

Stokesay itself is essentially a fortified manor house with an artificial moat. It was not referred to as a castle until some time in the 16th century. While the battlements and moat show a keen interest in defense, its interior design is more domestic and comfortable than militaristic. Nonetheless, the defensive features saved it from destruction when its grounds were the site of a skirmish in the English Civil War. To the north of the castle grounds is the Church of St John the Baptist.

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