Tuesday, October 23, 2018

...and even more on Warblington Castle...

Following up on this post [clicky], and then this one [clicky], and then finally this one [clicky] I happened to notice in the local paper that the place was up for sale (if you've got two and a half mill sitting round unused, by the way, it might be an opportunity?) ...

Never one to pass up the chance of gaining some additional knowledge I grabbed all the sale pictures I could...

Gatehouse - or rather what Cromwell's troops left of it when they'd finished...  love the garages built in to the bottom of it, but is it me or would you be a bit bothered about chunks of masonry landing on the roof while you were working in there??


...and from the other side showing the main gate..  so the garages are round the corner on the left...




Not Warblington - this is Cowdray House (following) - from the same period and giving an idea what the gatehouse and castle would have looked like complete..



From the grounds, and showing the remains of what I think are a moat/fosse...


Ground works plan - I think the picture above is probably the area to the south of the drive


..and this time an 18th century print - showing the gate from the rear


Last of all - a portrait of the redoubtable Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, and last of the Plantagenet line, who built the castle sometime between 1515 and 1525, and was executed by Henry VIII (more for the actions of her son I suspect than anything concrete)...  read more here [clicky] on her grisly end...  what I didn't know was that in 1886, she was beatified by Pope Leo XIII as one of the English Martyrs to the Catholic faith... May 28th is her feast day...

 Fascinating...

2 comments:

  1. Looks pretty cool. Amazing it's still standing.

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    1. Ray - damn right - I did hear somewhere that the tower is now a little shaky - in the old days they used to put Christmas lights up there but for safety reasons they don't do it any more... same old problem I guess??? List it, then you can't do anything to it without the approval of 145 archaeologists in the local council, so owner does nothing and just lets the problem sort itself out when it collapses... ???? :o(

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