Stokesay Castle f.39
Artist: Edward Blore
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
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.