Monday, 9 June 2014

Wardour Castle

Old Waldor Castle is situated near Tisbury in Wiltshire. It was partly destroyed in the Civil war and is now looked after by English Heritage. I might add it is not an easy place to get to being off the main roads along some narrow lanes. It has a very long history which ended when during the Civil war it was captured by the parliamentarian forces after Lady Arundell held out for five days.  Her son Henry then decided to lay laid siege to his own castle and in doing so blew most of it up . A new castle was later built not far away and this one was left as a romantic ruin.

This is one of the first boards you see

with lots of other information boards round the place

This side was the part that was blown up

Viewing from here the castle does not look so bad

Window and corner
The front which was used in Kevin Costner's film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves 
This board tells you about it featuring in the film

Entrance door and coat of alms, there were two portcullises on the entrance 

One of the rooms which looks like a chapel

courtyard. I took three photos and stitched them together which you can see below

 A board all about the courtyard

another of the ruined rooms
These were the fireplaces in one of the kitchens

This was the Great Chamber used for important guests

This board tells you all about the Chamber
  Doorways  and to the right is what was the Great Hall

You can read all about the Hall here
This was another kitchen fireplace near the Great Hall

Further up the castle on one o fteh floors accessable

Lots of graffiti in evidence  like that from H Buckland & W Jeffery, I might add his name is on the wall lower down the stairs

This was dated 1919

F Milles left their mark in 1916 maybe on leave from the war.QVR may give a hint to the regiment which is the Queen Victoria's Rifles

This is some of the oldest I found though I wonder at MB 1698. The holes look like they were made by Daggers

Headstops which are on the base of the door on the right

While looking round I noticed a small door which lead to the small room on the right

It was where the portcullis went

Another of the rooms, The ceiling is a recent addition, back when it was built the place would have had wooden floors and joists
View from one of the floors, the lake is more recent and it you look to the right in the
 distance you can see the new castle which is now sadly blocks of flats the last owner having died in the second world war leaving no heir

There you have it, a short look round Wardour Castle.  It is open to look round though I would check the English Heritage Website first.  Kids imagination will run wild in this place and its  a very nice place to take a picnic. For a bit more of an insite & history on the place check this out Timetravel Britain