"a fortified medieval manor house" Stokesay by uglyscot
Stokesay Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 17 photos
We were driving towards north Wales when we came across a sign indicating a castle, so , being us, we followed the sign.
How glad we are that we did. We found not a castle but a church and a magnificent fortified medieval house.
[Unfortunately My batteries were not fully charged and my spare camera only had one set of partially used batteries. So, not all pictures are available at present¬]
The church dates back to the 13 Century,
In the churchyard is a wooden Celtic cross marking the grave of the La Tour family.
For a history of the house see tip.
Stokesay Castle is the finest and best preserved 13th-century fortified manor house in England. Stokesay Castle forms an outstandingly picturesque group with its timber-framed gatehouse and the parish church.
Lawrence of Ludlow, who made his fortune as a wool merchant and set up as a country gentleman, acquired the manor in 1281.
Across the courtyard stands the gatehouse of timber-framing, with charming carvings of Adam and Eve. This was built in 1640, a few years before Stokesay's only known military encounter, when it surrendered without fighting during the Civil War.
An audio tour is available.
The opening times:
21 Mar-30 Sep 10am-5pm Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, & Sun.
1-31 Oct 10am-5pm Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, & Sun.
1 Nov-28Feb 10am-4pm Thu, Fri, Sat, & Sun.
1-31 Mar 10am-5pm Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, & Bank Hols.
Last admission 1 hour before closing time
Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
Cost: Adult:£5.00 , Children:£2.50. Concession:£4.00
English Heritage Members:Free Family Ticket: £12.50
- Pros:a lovely page from history
- Cons:off the beaten track
- In a nutshell:not to be missed
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