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I imagine a daguerreotype taken here would have looked fairly similar to this. Not much seems to have changed since the early days of photography in the middle of the 19th century. But of course this is 1966.

This is Stokesay Castle, which in spite of its name is not really a castle but a fortified manor house. It is situated near the village of Craven Arms in Shropshire, about 33 km south of Shrewsbury, which I showed in my latest upload.

Most parts of Stokesay Castle as it looks today were built in the late 13th century on behalf of Laurence of Ludlow, who was one of the richest men in England. The smaller building to the left is a gatehouse from the 17th century.

Stokesay Castle is regarded as one of the finest and best preserved buildings of its kind in England. My diary only contains a few lines about it, but I was obviously very impressed and pleased with my visit.

If you click "Map: view" in the box to the right, the yellow Google man can show you approximately where I took the main photo. Surprisingly the view in front of the castle looks rather different today.

Here is a larger version.

One WS shows the gatehouse, as seen from upstairs in the castle. The other WS was taken inside the castle.

All photos were scanned from Kodak Plus-X black and white negatives.


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