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Wardour Castle

By Sezz    
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

Tags: Nikon d300 Castle Architecture Wiltshire Tisbury Civil war Wardour castle

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C_Daniels 13 399 10 England
11 Apr 2008 1:48PM
Built to last the storms Sarah Smile

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mollye 11 3 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 1:52PM
Wow!!!!!!!! Love this
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 1:55PM
A great shot Sarah, super detail when viewed large. A great find.

robway 13 318 Wales
11 Apr 2008 1:56PM
Really likethe quality of the colour of the image and detail on the castle.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
11 Apr 2008 1:58PM
Fantastic light and detail Sarah. Wonderfully composed

BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
11 Apr 2008 2:00PM
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.

Wooly 12 112 4 England
11 Apr 2008 2:01PM
Excellent Sarah, great tones and textures. A well timed shot, you caught it just as the light glanced across the face of the building.

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
11 Apr 2008 2:24PM
Attractive light Sarah. Well shown, almost it's former glory. Ron.
casson 12 3 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 2:40PM
Lovely shot Sarah, I will have to go now seeing your superb photograph
11 Apr 2008 2:52PM
Excellent image

User_Removed 11 485 13 England
11 Apr 2008 3:00PM
just saw this over on Flickr, love it Sarah, wonderful shot

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
11 Apr 2008 3:22PM
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!

bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 3:27PM
Wow. What a lovelyshot this is

Draig37 11 252 Wales
11 Apr 2008 3:35PM
good capture - crisp sky - good colours
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
11 Apr 2008 3:42PM
great shot and wonderful story with it, Sarah......

TyChee 13 275 1 United States
11 Apr 2008 3:49PM
Great lighting and detail.
11 Apr 2008 3:51PM
like the angle it was shot at,very unlucky house though
LesF 11 182 9
11 Apr 2008 3:53PM
Have the RC Sarah its a cracking shot

Les F
Hoffy 13 262 16 England
11 Apr 2008 4:31PM
Striking image.
TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 4:49PM
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!

User_Removed 10 172 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 4:58PM
Excellent shot, love the light Sarah, well captured. Thanks for the history

Sezz 13 617 15 England
11 Apr 2008 5:07PM
Wow - thanks for all your comments, really appreciated, glad I found this place - you might see a few more from here Wink

Sarah x
oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 5:25PM
wow this is lovely Sarah ,good read too
SKavanagh 10 312 5 England
11 Apr 2008 5:32PM
Superb shot Sarah and a grat piece of info
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
11 Apr 2008 5:38PM
Perfectly captured Sarah!

11 Apr 2008 5:50PM
A fantastic old castle, really well taken pic', really like this one.

John Smile
Sezz 13 617 15 England
11 Apr 2008 5:52PM
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
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 6:00PM
Excellently togged and beautifully presented.
Moj_o 10 10 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 6:01PM
This is lovely Sarah with great light and detail Smile

Rylands 10 1 2 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 6:21PM
Great image Sarah - impecable capture
JONTHELENS 11 34 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 7:30PM
Well taken.

paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 7:40PM
This is so good Sarah, like your viewpoint and that lovely light.
skydivemike 13 47 Northern Ireland
11 Apr 2008 8:37PM
Hi Sarah,
Outastanding light, detail and history lesson.

Mike xx
VintageRed 12 15 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 8:45PM
Bags of impact Sarah.
mark1309 11 13 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 8:48PM
Wow, what a fantastic castle, I've never heard of this one before. Very interesting history, well captured,
AlanC1 11 1 England
11 Apr 2008 8:55PM
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
backbeat Plus
12 134 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2008 10:01PM
you picked the best angle there sarah....nice!

Sezz 13 617 15 England
11 Apr 2008 11:17PM
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
Sezz 13 617 15 England
12 Apr 2008 12:13AM
Whoops - my mistake, thank you Alan re the Robin Hood info!

S Smile
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
12 Apr 2008 7:28AM
amazing stone details
nice sky Smile
redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 10:11AM
Super image, looking forward to checking it out soon as I will be working down that way in the near future.
GaryBooth 10 34 England
12 Apr 2008 10:53AM
Cracking shot. love the lighting.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 2:03PM
A thrilling find, a glorious image, and thanks for the history lesson, as well as the more recent filming gen.
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 11:49PM
Wonderful detail and perfect lighting angle Sarah. This is even more 3D than your last upload.

davidhu 12 19 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2008 10:09AM
Super shot, Sarah. Fine detail and that sky makes a terrific backdrop.
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
14 Apr 2008 9:55PM
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
twordley 12 360 England
15 Apr 2008 9:39PM
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
Sezz 13 617 15 England
15 Apr 2008 10:44PM
Thanks for your thoughts everyone - appreciated!

Sarah x
Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
18 Apr 2008 10:44PM
Loadsa detail in this. You have some wonderful shots of architecture and ruins in a style that has become distinctively yours.
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
17 May 2008 12:10PM
Its a cracker Sarah
Liking the detail and the light is amazing
Nice shot

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