This ancient and remarkable fortress is the home of Sir Humphry Wakefield Bt., his wife The Hon. Lady Wakefield and their family. Since 1246 the Castle has been owned by one continuous blood line with the Earls Grey ruling the Castle for the founding centuries. Those Grey Lords built the Castle’s alarming dungeons and torture chambers, as well as the beautiful parklands and gardens.

This 12th century stronghold, became ‘base-camp’ for the 1298 conquering attack on William Wallace by “Hammer of the Scots”, King Edward 1st. Wallace had raided the previous year, burning the women and children to death in the local abbey. The Castle was given permission to add battlements by King Edward III in 1344 (See the actual License in the Castle). The Elizabethans added ‘Long Galleries’ and Capability Brown designed the park in 1752. The glorious Italian garden was laid out in the 19th century by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville, fresh from his royal triumphs at Windsor Castle. Royal visits from 1200s to this century, and winner of many architectural awards.

Taken with a Nikon D80 and a Sigma 10-20 lens.
Shutter speed 1-125th sec
Focal length 12mm
ISO 100
F stop 9

Featured in Canon v Nikon Group March 2011
Featured in Architecture of the British Isles – July 2011

Thank you for being interested in my photographs. My own website has examples of my portrait work, which is not shared on RB, if you would like to take a look. All comments and feedback are much appreciated.

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  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 4 years ago

  • OldManTed74
    OldManTed74almost 4 years ago

    wow a cool wide angle and a vivid sky !

  • Theodore, thanks so much for your comment.

    – Stephen Knowles

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature 29.07.11

  • thanks Dave.

    – Stephen Knowles

  • Wendy-Wilton
    Wendy-Wiltonover 3 years ago

    Great wide angle that looks good in b&w. Congrats on the feature

  • Thanks for your comment Wendy, it’s much appprciated.

    – Stephen Knowles

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 3 years ago

    Well you nearly had me eye out with that cannon LOL..
    Fabulous wide angle shot, well done..

  • Thanks very much Jason, I’m pleased you like it.

    – Stephen Knowles

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