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Warwick Castle - England by Audrey Clarke

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Warwick Castle

Top ten challenge finalist “Architecture The British Isles” 15th August 2010

The town of Warwick is situated near the centre of England, 8 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. Warwick Castle is the finest mediaeval castle in England, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United Kingdom.
Warwick Castle (pronounced (WORR-ik) is a medieval castle in Warwick, the county town of Warwickshire, England. It sits on a bend on the River Avon. The castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 within or adjacent to the Anglo-Saxon burh of Warwick. It was used as a fortification until the early 17th century, when Sir Fulke Greville converted it to a country house. It was owned by the Greville family, who became earls of Warwick in 1759, until 1978.
From 1088, the castle traditionally belonged to the Earl of Warwick, and it served as a symbol of his power. The castle was taken in 1153 by Henry of Anjou, later Henry II. It has been used to hold prisoners, including some from the Battle of Poitiers in the 14th century. Under the ownership of Richard Neville – also known as “Warwick the Kingmaker” – Warwick Castle was used in the 15th century to imprison the English king, Edward IV.
Since its construction in the 11th century, the castle has undergone structural changes with additions of towers and redesigned residential buildings. Originally a wooden motte-and-bailey, it was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. During the Hundred Years War, the facade opposite the town was refortified, resulting in one of the most recognisable examples of 14th century military architecture.
In the 17th century the grounds were turned into a garden. The castle’s defences were enhanced in the 1640s to prepare the castle for action in the English Civil War. Robert Greville, 2nd Baron Brooke, was a Parliamentarian, and Royalist forces laid siege to the castle. Warwick Castle withstood the siege and was later used to hold prisoners taken by the Parliamentarians. The Tussauds Group purchased Warwick Castle in 1978 and opened it as a tourist attraction. It is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I listed building.

Taken with a Canon SX210

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Comments

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Audrey!

  • Thank you

    – Audrey Clarke

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 4 years ago

    Love this castle, had a great day out here a couple of years ago..

  • It is a beautiful place isn’t it Jason

    – Audrey Clarke

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 4 years ago

    Great shot BTW, forgot to say LOL…

  • Thanks again Jason!

    – Audrey Clarke

  • Aj Finan
    Aj Finanover 4 years ago

    Love this, great details :)

  • Thanks Amanda, hope you are both well ?

    – Audrey Clarke

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosover 4 years ago

    Fine powerful image with great perspective Audrey.

  • Thank you John

    – Audrey Clarke

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    Beautiful, Audrey! Super composition, gorgeous sky, and what an amazing old structure!! Wonderfully captured!!

  • Thank you so much Teresa

    – Audrey Clarke

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    A very wonderful photo…love the color and composition!

  • Thank you for the lovely comment

    – Audrey Clarke

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    excellent

  • Thank you Scott

    – Audrey Clarke

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Audrey and a very strong composition :)

  • Thanks for the lovely comment

    – Audrey Clarke

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Fantastic Audrey. We had a great time at this Castle, they had Medieval Tournaments when we visited. Did you see them?
    A FAV for me. Don.

  • No unfortunately we didn’t Don, would have been great

    – Audrey Clarke

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