Stokesay Castle - South Shropshire
Stokesay Castle is not really a castle at all, it is the finest and best preserved 13th century fortified manor house in England dating back to 1281. The castle has two towers joined by a buttressed Great Banquetting Hall, with long, gothic, gabled windows. Massive roof timbers, made from whole trees dominate the Great Hall, standing alonside an elaboratively decorated Flemish overmantal, brought from Flanders by the Baldwyn family and fitted over a medieval fireplace. Stokesay Castle began its life as a stark Norman stronghold, but was transformed sometime between 1285 and 1305 into a grand manor house. The Elizabethans added the timber-framed jacobean gatehouse in the 17th Century. The ornate carved timbers over the gatehouse entrance, depict Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
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