"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 of St John the Baptist, Stokesay

The church dates back to the 13 Century,
In the churchyard is a wooden Celtic cross marking the grave of the La Tour family.

the finest mediaeval house in Britain

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 and Cons
  • Pros:a lovely page from history
  • Cons:off the beaten track
  • In a nutshell:not to be missed
  • Last visit to Stokesay: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Britain is so lucky to have so much of its mediaeval architecture preserved to the present time. What a charming place and great tips and pictures!

  • yurxlnc's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2008 at 3:32 AM

    I like the way you manage to discover such unusual places, just by taking diversions. Pity it was too lat for you to get a chance to see inside.


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