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Wigmore Castle f.25

Wigmore Castle f.25

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42023

Item number: f.25

Length: 17.5

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Wigmore Castle was built by William Fitzosbern sometime before 1075. It then passsed to the Mortimers, one of the richest and most influential families of the time, who kept the castle for the next 400 years. The Mortimers were Marcher Lords, a nobleman class created by the Norman kings to defend their authority on the Welsh borders, which were also known as the Marches.

As the family fortunes expanded so too did the castle. During the peak of the Mortimer's "reign" of the area in the 14th century, Wigmore was a most luxurious castle. Due to its relative closeness to royal courts and other aristocratic seats, it would have received a multitude of important guests and visitors within its walls.

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