Tamworth Castle, Staffordshire sketched April 1849
View of Tamworth Castle in Staffordshire, which overlooks the junction of the Rivers Tame and Anker. This was built as a motte and bailey castle in the Norman period. It was rebuilt in stone - this view shows the path up the motte to the polygonal shell keep. It has particularly fine Norman stone 'herringbone' curtain wall. During the Civil War it was captured by Parliamentary troops, although fortunately escaped the fate of other captured castles- demolition. By the 1840s the castle was owned by the Towensend family of Raynham.