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Old Wardour Castle, near Tisbury

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Wardour Castle was built towards the end of the fourteenth century for John, Fifth Lord Lovel.
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The castle comprised six sides and was designed in the French style popular at this time and much adored by Lovel.
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A number of doors and entrances lead off the castle's central courtyard.
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For centuries, Wardour has been a popular destination for visitors including a number of American servicemen stationed in Wiltshire during World War Two.
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Dark passageways and spiral staircases lead to a number of rooms for the many visitiors and guests who would have been wined and dined at Old Wardour.
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As well as being a stronghold, the castle was also built to impress, with its sense of drama and contemporary design.

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In 1792 Josiah Laine, from nearby Tisbury, built the castle's grotto, which stands on the location of the 14th century gatehouse. The grotto is constructed from brick and volcanic lava, which was found near Bath.

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The Banqueting House was built in the late 18th century and in 1833 was used as a refreshment room for visitors to the castle.

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Detail of stained glass in Wardour's Banqueting House.

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The eastern side of Wardour shows off the quality of stone used in the castle's building. In the main, Tisbury Greensand was used in Wardour's construction, with Chilmark limestone used for the more decorative features.


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