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This is Stokesay Castle & in the background is the Parish Church, The Gate House in it's bright yellow clothing is what really catches the eye though.
Set in peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, the castle, timber-framed gatehouse and parish church form an unforgettably picturesque group.
Lawrence of Ludlow, a wealthy local wool-merchant wishing to set up as a country gentleman, bought the property in 1281, when the long Anglo-Welsh wars were ending.So it was safe to raise here one of the first fortified manor houses in England, 'builded like a castle' for effect but lit by large domestic-style windows. Extensive recent tree-ring dating confirms that Lawrence had completed virtually all of the still surviving house by 1291, using the same team of carpenters throughout: more remarkably, the dating also revealed that it has scarcely been altered since.

This photo was taken on a weekend with some TE members
(annjackman,
Royaldevon,
willperrett,
tyro, &
Ricx also thanks to Len Robinson & Ann's husban David)

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