SO4381 : Stokesay Castle - Gatehouse

taken 16 years ago, near to Craven Arms, Shropshire, Great Britain

Stokesay Castle - Gatehouse
Stokesay Castle - Gatehouse
A view from outside Stokesay Castle's curtain wall looking at the pretty Elizabethan gatehouse which is the only (dry) way to cross the moat and enter the castle enclosure. The gatehouse dates from the early C17th, so is probably actually Jacobean (as Elizabeth I died in 1603) but is Elizabethan in style.
See also SO4381 : Stokesay Castle - Gatehouse, side view and SO4381 : Stokesay Castle - Gatehouse from the tower
Stokesay Castle
The splendid Stokesay Castle near Craven Arms is one of the finest surviving fortified manor houses extant in Britain. Dating from the end of the C13th it was lived in until the C19th. The charming gatehouse was added in the late C16th or early C17th which is probably also the date of the unusual half-timbered structure attached to the northern end of the old walls. The site including tower, hall, gatehouse and grassed enclosure are encircled by a moat. It is a very attractive building, which was saved by the intervention of glove manufacturer and MP, John Derby Allcroft in 1869 who realised its importance and restored it. It has been in the care of English Heritage since 1992.
Note: The E H listing suggests a date 100 years later (viz 1391-1400) than that given by the other sources (including other EH sites) and I think that it is a mistake in the listing as the earlier date would fit the architecture.
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Date Taken
Monday, 26 May, 2003   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 28 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 4359 8169 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:25.8159N 2:49.8651W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 4361 8169
View Direction
WEST (about 270 degrees)
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