Old wardour Castle 11

davesphotographics

Sidcup, United Kingdom

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Beautifully sited beside a lake, Old Wardour Castle was built in the late 14th century by John Lord Lovel as a lightly fortified but showy and luxurious residence. A hexagonal tower house ranged round a central courtyard, its form is very unusual in England.

Substantially updated by the staunchly Roman Catholic Arundell family after c.1570, the castle saw much fighting during the Civil War. In 1643 the 60 year old Lady Arundell was forced to surrender it to Parliament. But the new garrison was almost immediately besieged in turn by Royalist forces led by her son. After an eventful 10 months of bombardment and undermining, they finally capitulated in March 1644.

The badly damaged castle became a romantic ruin, and was incorporated in the 18th century into the landscaped grounds of Lord Arundell’s New Wardour House (not managed by English Heritage, no public access). The castle’s setting in a Registered Landscape enhances the significance of this hidden jewel.

Part of the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves,was filmed here.

taken with my Sony A200 with my 18-70 lense

Converted to hdr with Dynamic-Photo HDR

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