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I found this little gem near Tisbury in Wiltshire on the journey home to Kent on Wednesday morning - what a find!

Old Wardour Castle was built at the end of the 14th century for John, the 5th Lord Lovel. It was built at a time when large, baronial houses were being constructed across the country, with more emphasis on style and comfort than on defence. The hexagonal structure was probably influenced by contemporary French design. The Lovel's supported the Lancastrian cause in the War of the Roses and as a result had their estates confiscated when Edward of York defeated the Lancastrians and became king in 1461.

In 1547 the castle was sold to Sir Thomas Arundell of Lanherne. The castle was confiscated when Sir Thomas was executed for treason in 1552, but was later acquired by his son, Sir Matthew Arundell, in 1570. By this time the house would have seemed old fashioned and uncomfortable by the standards of the day and Sir Matthew set about refurbishing the property. Doorways were redesigned and windows enlarged to let in more light; a new gallery was added and the house was decorated and furnished to a very high standard.

During the Civil War (1642-48) the Arundell's were loyal to the king. In May 1643 the castle was attacked by Sir Edward Hungerford, a Parliamentarian commander, and after a short siege the castle was surrendered to him. In December, Henry Arundell led a Royalist counter-siege. Whether by design or misfortune, gunpowder mines laid in a drainage tunnel beneath the castle produced an explosion powerful enough to cause a large part of the castle to collapse. The damage was deemed as beyond repair and the ruined castle would later become the focal point of the landscaped grounds of the new house built at Wardour.

Thanks for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.

Regards - Sarah x

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Title:Wardour Castle
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:11 Apr 2008 - 1:43 PM
Tags:Architecture, Castle, Civil war, Nikon d300, Tisbury, Wardour castle, Wiltshire
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C_Daniels
C_Daniels  9399 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 1:48 PM

Built to last the storms Sarah Smile

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mollye
mollye  7 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 - 1:52 PM

Wow!!!!!!!! Love this
Mol

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dathersmith
dathersmith e2 Member 7549 forum postsdathersmith vcard England12 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 1:55 PM

A great shot Sarah, super detail when viewed large. A great find.

Darren.

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robway e2 Member 9317 forum postsrobway vcard Wales
11 Apr 2008 - 1:56 PM

Really likethe quality of the colour of the image and detail on the castle.
John

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 746 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
11 Apr 2008 - 1:58 PM

Fantastic light and detail Sarah. Wonderfully composed

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 2:00 PM

One of my big interests Sarah, interesting
story and fab photo.
I visited the castle last summer. Had a lovely picnic there.
They recorded some of Robin Hood
Prince of Thieves here didn't they.
Well done.

B.

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Wooly
Wooly  8112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 2:01 PM

Excellent Sarah, great tones and textures. A well timed shot, you caught it just as the light glanced across the face of the building.

Alan

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 2:24 PM

Attractive light Sarah. Well shown, almost it's former glory. Ron.

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 - 2:40 PM

Lovely shot Sarah, I will have to go now seeing your superb photograph
john

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graeme34
graeme34  7 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 - 2:52 PM

Excellent image

Graeme

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11 Apr 2008 - 3:00 PM

just saw this over on Flickr, love it Sarah, wonderful shot

rgds
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PatrickSmith
11 Apr 2008 - 3:22 PM

I like the glancing angle of light on the front wall. Loads of detail there. And of course I like the story. It's amazing to think that by the time of the civil war, it was already over 200 years old. Looks like the original design for style over defence was a bit premature!

Patrick

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bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 - 3:27 PM

Wow. What a lovelyshot this is

John

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Draig37
Draig37  7248 forum posts Wales
11 Apr 2008 - 3:35 PM

good capture - crisp sky - good colours

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JouŠo
JouŠo  1056 forum posts Finland
11 Apr 2008 - 3:42 PM

great shot and wonderful story with it, Sarah......

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 3:49 PM

Great lighting and detail.
Ty

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peterhookwilde
11 Apr 2008 - 3:51 PM

like the angle it was shot at,very unlucky house though

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LesF
LesF e2 Member 7176 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 3:53 PM

Have the RC Sarah its a cracking shot

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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 4:31 PM

Striking image.

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TelStar
TelStar  9116 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 - 4:49 PM

With images and info as good and interesting as this, Sez, I wish you'd been my history teacher. I might have learned something at school. Unfortunately, I was a historical late-starter, but hopefully I'll be a lasting old ruin too!

Tel*

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11 Apr 2008 - 4:58 PM

Excellent shot, love the light Sarah, well captured. Thanks for the history

Mark

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 5:07 PM

Wow - thanks for all your comments, really appreciated, glad I found this place - you might see a few more from here Wink

Sarah x

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oll1e e2 Member 757 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 5:25 PM

wow this is lovely Sarah ,good read too
ollie

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SKavanagh
SKavanagh  7312 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 5:32 PM

Superb shot Sarah and a grat piece of info
Steve

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pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 5:38 PM

Perfectly captured Sarah!

Rgds
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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 5:50 PM

A fantastic old castle, really well taken pic', really like this one.

John Smile

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 5:52 PM

Thanks Olie, Steve, Paul and John.
John - your right, I did put the place in the tags but not in the description, I will rectify that! It's near Tisbury in Wiltshire.

Sarah x

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Paintman e2 Member 7848 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 6:00 PM

Excellently togged and beautifully presented.
Alan.

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Moj_o
Moj_o  6 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 - 6:01 PM

This is lovely Sarah with great light and detail Smile

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Rylands  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 6:21 PM

Great image Sarah - impecable capture
Ray

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JONTHELENS
11 Apr 2008 - 7:30 PM

Well taken.

jon

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paulb20 e2 Member 7paulb20 vcard United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 - 7:40 PM

This is so good Sarah, like your viewpoint and that lovely light.
Paul

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skydivemike
11 Apr 2008 - 8:37 PM

Hi Sarah,
Outastanding light, detail and history lesson.

Mike xx

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VintageRed
11 Apr 2008 - 8:45 PM

Bags of impact Sarah.
NIck

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mark1309
mark1309  7 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 - 8:48 PM

Wow, what a fantastic castle, I've never heard of this one before. Very interesting history, well captured,
Mark.

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AlanC1
AlanC1  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 8:55 PM

Great shot and text. Think I have been here some years ago. I think they filmed some scenes for Robin Prince of Thieves here. Will have to look that one up.
Well Done
Alan

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backbeat  8134 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 10:01 PM

you picked the best angle there sarah....nice!

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2008 - 11:17 PM

BarbaraR and Mark1309 mentioned Robin Hood - some info I found...

In more recent times Old Wardour Castle was an early scene in the Kevin Costner movie "Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves" and was used as the ancestral home of Robin. His father [actor Brian Blessed] rode to his death through the gate [pictured above] when the masked Sheriff of Nottingham arrived with a party of horsemen. The film company temporarily altered the gateway with a mock timber facade for this scene.

Many thanks for your time and comments!

Sarah x

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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 12:13 AM

Whoops - my mistake, thank you Alan re the Robin Hood info!

S Smile

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pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
12 Apr 2008 - 7:28 AM

amazing stone details
nice sky Smile

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redstag e2 Member 8100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 10:11 AM

Super image, looking forward to checking it out soon as I will be working down that way in the near future.
Jon

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GaryBooth  734 forum posts England
12 Apr 2008 - 10:53 AM

Cracking shot. love the lighting.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 2:03 PM

A thrilling find, a glorious image, and thanks for the history lesson, as well as the more recent filming gen.

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Nigel_95
Nigel_95 e2 Member 8260 forum postsNigel_95 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2008 - 11:49 PM

Wonderful detail and perfect lighting angle Sarah. This is even more 3D than your last upload.

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davidhu  8 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 10:09 AM

Super shot, Sarah. Fine detail and that sky makes a terrific backdrop.
Dave

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Goggz e2 Member 72301 forum postsGoggz vcard Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 9:55 PM

It's the light and the sky that do it for me - you got the front face of the castle at a perfect moment Smile

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twordley
twordley  8360 forum posts England
15 Apr 2008 - 9:39 PM

great shot Sarah - went on a members meet with 'pennyspike' to this place where she arranged some of her friends to turn up in their Gothic style clothes. excellent day out and very inexpensive

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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 10:44 PM

Thanks for your thoughts everyone - appreciated!

Sarah x

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Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2008 - 10:44 PM

Loadsa detail in this. You have some wonderful shots of architecture and ruins in a style that has become distinctively yours.
Paul

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kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2008 - 12:10 PM

Its a cracker Sarah

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tartantrousers

Liking the detail and the light is amazing
Nice shot

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