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York, Clifford's Tower

York, Clifford's Tower

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1778

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15548

Item number: f. 95

Genre: Manuscript

View of Clifford's Tower, a stone keep built on the steep mound of York Castle. Originally called "the Great Tower" it was erected in 1245-65 to replace an earlier wooden tower. By the early 16th century the tower was ruined, but it was repaired and troops were garrisoned here during the civil war. By the 18th century the tower had no military use and was purely ornamental. It was in the grounds of a country estate and winding paths were laid down around the tower mound for the benefit of visitors.

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