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Stokesay shadows on the floor

Stokesay Castle is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England.

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Set in peaceful countryside near Ludlow on the Welsh border, the castle, timber-framed gatehouse and parish church form an unforgettably picturesque group.

 

Lawrence of Ludlow, a wealthy local wool-merchant wishing to set up as a country gentleman, bought the property in 1281, when the long Anglo-Welsh wars were ending. So it was safe to raise here one of the first fortified manor houses in England, 'builded like a castle' for effect but lit by large domestic-style windows.

 

In 1645, Stokesay experienced its only known military encounter, surrendering without fighting to a Parliamentarian force. So the house remained undamaged, and sensitive conservation by Victorian owners and English Heritage have left it the medieval jewel which survives today.

  

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Taken on September 11, 2009