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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A Weekend Surprise

Well Saturday we visited Stokesay Castle -below is the North Tower and my header pic was taken from the ramparts of the South Tower-zoomed in of the River Onny - I loved this view it was cold up there - the wind blowing strongly.
Stokesay is not so many miles from us - but somewhere we have driven past but never stopped - Stokesay is an English Heritage site and we have just become members so we thought why not and what an hidden gem-it does not have a history of wars and battles but was more a wealthy family home and manor house- built in the 12th century by Laurence of Ludlow a wealthy wool merchant and land owner.
I am posting a few pics taken on the day - click on the pictures for a larger view


This is the North Tower and below from a different angle


I was fascinated by the shapes and angles of it - below- this room is a haunt for the Pipistrelle bat - I hope that is the correct spelling - anyway I could not see any evidence of the bats but there was a few old swallow nests up in the eaves I like bats - apparently they return in the evening

The buildings are impressive and so is the church of St John the Baptist this shot below was taken from the South Tower over the roof of the Great Hall and towards the church
I was fascinated by the steep stone stairways all around the castle and thought sadly of those poor sevants long ago trundling up and down those stairs and up and down again
We were given audio tapes at the entrance gate to listen to as we moved around the castle and they were very good - describing what would have gone on in the hall (see pic above) - the colourful clothes - jesters - singing and dancing - best silverware on the tables laden with food as guests were entertained.

 I have added a link which gives you a little more history of Stokesay and a fantastic pic - taken from the bottom end of the churchyard - anyway itis much better than mine - so we shall have to return to get that shot without a doubt!!-it really is a must.

The above shot looks out from the Great Hall to the Gatehouse and below is a complete look at the Gatehouse
The garden was beginning to wake up ready for Spring 

Aconites




Snowdrops
and Hellebores
We talked to a warden - she said she had worked at Stokesay for a number of years and had fallen in love with it over the years - she told us the gardens had so many changing faces throughout the year - herbaceous plants - the apple trees - roses - providing colour throughout the year. I am sure we will return - thankyou for calling linking to Our World Tuesday- Jane  

7 comments:

  1. I clicked onto the link. Wouldn't you love to see the castle filled with furniture,rugs,the table set for meals? I imagine it would be fantastic!
    Jane x

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    1. Hello Jane =lovely to see you back - best wishes to you and your family - yes the castle must have been very smart in its day - Jane x

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  2. Lovely tour of the castle. The flowers and views are beautiful. Have a happy week!

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  3. What a beautiful place to visit!

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  4. what a great castle. love the view out the window over the lovely countryside.

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  5. Just my kind of place and one that I shall definitely visit if I'm ever that way. I quite like the way in which these rooms leave it to the imagination to fill in the details.

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