Spring has arrived at the beautiful castle ruins of Whittington Castle on the Shropshire / Welsh border.

Set in 12 acres of land, this ruined Marches castle lies only one mile from the vast Iron Age hill fort of Old Oswestry. The fortification was originally an earthworks with a wooden castle and most of the surviving structure dates from the rebuilding of 1221, when the fitz Warren family applied to Henry III for permission to built a stone fortress.
In its low-lying position the castle was protected from attack by the treacherous surrounding marshland. It was also defended by a moat system but only a couple of pools now remain. The outer gatehouse with two towers had a 42 ft long drawbridge leading to drier land.
During the Civil War the castle was held for the King until the Roundheads took it by force in 1643. The castle fell into decay after the Civil War and the ruins were plundered for local building and road surfacing material.
In the 17th century a cottage was built into the North Gatehouse.
The present condition of the castle dates from the restoration and clearance work of 1967.
The small rural community of Whittington has acquired a 99 year lease to manage the castle, which stands at the centre of the village.
Thanks to tourUK

For further information see also…
Whittington Castle Preservation Trust
and the history
castlewales.com
Google timeline
Castles99
Wikipedia

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Comments

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Wonderful spring capture!

  • Thanks Cee… The Spring Daffodils have finally come thru.. yay !! XX
    Sheila

    – Sheila Laurens

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Lovely image, nice work Sheila …

  • Thank Tom.. I do love this castle, its so enchanting XX
    Sheila

    – Sheila Laurens

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

    Beautiful scene. I think the bird gives the image life.

  • Thank you very much.. the swan is lovely, isn’t it? XX
    Sheila

    – Sheila Laurens

  • Cervantes
    Cervantesover 4 years ago

    A gatehouse with pretentions of grandeur….a lovely vinette of an image Sheila……cor! i’m dead posh..nice pic .:) xx

  • …. I would agree if I knew what it meant… but then that’s the heathen in me !! :o)) Thank you Peter XX
    Sheila

    – Sheila Laurens

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthover 4 years ago

    a very nice setting, such beauty

  • Thank you Larry.. I am so pleased that you like this XX
    Sheila

    – Sheila Laurens

  • Kim Slater
    Kim Slaterover 4 years ago

    Please can you add some information

  • Sorry Kim.. oops !! Have done now.. XX
    Sheila

    – Sheila Laurens

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 4 years ago

    your splendid castles… wonderful..

  • Thank you anais…. I do love Castles and we are lucky to have so many XX
    Sheila

    – Sheila Laurens

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 4 years ago

    Gee Lady Sheila, you are very good and wonderful, all love always

  • Ah, thank you so very much .. you are too kind NJ XX
    Sheila

    – Sheila Laurens

  • Charlene Aycock IPA
    Charlene Aycoc...over 4 years ago

    Wow, beautiful

  • Thank you very much, Charlene. I am so very pleased that you like this one and appreciate your support XX
    Sheila

    – Sheila Laurens

  • Cervantes
    Cervantesover 4 years ago

    your castle walls are no match

  • Oh no… you should watch out for my ……….

    XXX

    – Sheila Laurens

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