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Stokesay Castle f.41

Stokesay Castle f.41

Artist: Edward Blore

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1811

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42017

Item number: f.41

Length: 25.3

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This drawing shows the south tower of Stokesay Castle in Shropshire. Along with the castle's artificial moat, this tower is the most obviously defensive and forbidding part of Stokesay's design. Still intact, it dates from the late 13th century, when Lawrence of Ludlow received a "license to crenellate" (build battlements) from King Edward I. The Ludlows were among the leading contemporary English wool merchants. Based in Shrewsbury, they had international connections in trade and finance.

The rest of Stokesay 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. 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.

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