Another from Wardour Castle, this one showing more of the ruins at the back of the castle. I had a bit of a struggle with the distortion on this one and lost a bit too much foreground for my liking.
These substantial castle ruins typify the 'romantic relic', being preserved as a landscape feature in the grounds of the palladian mansion built by the Arundells in the 1770s. Old Wardour Castle remains today in this idyllic setting beside a lake, and surrounded by the gentle Wiltshire countryside.
Castles, traditionally thought of as powerful fortresses, were built primarily for protection until the 14th century, but from this time trends began to change. As more settled times were enjoyed, it was considered fashionable, rather than necessary, to build a castle along the lines of a comfortable residence with the means to provide lavish entertaining and accommodation for guests. Therefore, in 1393 Lord Lovel was granted a licence to crenellate his house and, with the help of a great medieval architect, began to create the unique design of Old Wardour Castle. As a veteran of the Hundred Years War, Lord Lovel may have been inspired by the chateaux in France, but certainly Old Wardour Castle was unparalleled in the whole of England. Based on a hexagonal plan, Old Wardour Castle has flanking towers to the entrance, and a small hexagonal courtyard in the centre of the building containing a well.
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