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Stokesay Castle

The de Lacy family held the manor of Stoke at the time of the Domesday Book (1086). The timber-framed gatehouse is of two storeys and an attic, standing on the foundations of an earlier stone gatehouse. Ornate but of no military value. The South Tower is an irregularly shaped polygonal building containing a cellar and two upper storeys of bedrooms for the use of the family and their guests. This structure is a sort of tower house, militarily independent of the rest of the house, although its walls are only about 4 feet thick and it was more of a status symbol than a fortress.

History of Stokesay Castle

1100's - The de Lacy family grant Stokesay to Theodoric de Say.

1200's - The north tower is built in stone.

1250's - Stokesay passes by exchange to John Verdun and later to the de Grays. (more in the History section)

Castle today

Stokesay Castle is a very unique treat to any castle exploring. The buildings themselves are absolutely gorgeous on the outside as they are on the inside, with a magnificent hall, wood panelled rooms and ancient beams, floors and windows, with a tower that can still be climbed to the battlements to provide fabulous views. The stunning tudor style gatehouse to the courtyard provides the perfect entrance to a very special experience for any castle explorer. Access is from the nearby car park through the churchyard.

Text by Fred Vincet https://castle-finders.co.uk