• Lydford castle, Dartmoor

    Image ID
    FOT630474
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    8.5 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    3872 x 2592 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    328 x 219 mm
    12.9 x 8.6 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    Lydford castle Castle Dartmoor Devon UK Stannary prison prison jail gaol Lydford Law Judge Jeffreys royalist dungeon
    Description
    Two castles have been built at Lydford, the first immediately in the wake of the Norman Conquest in 1066. The second castle was built on the site of the first castle in c. 1132 AD. It was a 3-storey tower, commanding a strategic view over much of the surrounding countryside, and was eminently defensible, with Lydford Gorge on one side, and the land sloping steeply away from it. Its use changed under the aegis of Edward I of England who made the castle the Stannary prison; its reputation was not good. Sir Richard Grenville used the prison as an oubliette for his political opponents. An order of Parliament during the reign of Henry VIII describes the prison in 1512 as: one of the most hanious, contagious and detestable places in the realm, and Lydford Law was a by-word for injustice. During the English Civil War, Lydford Castle was used by the Royalists as a dungeon (in the lowest floor of the building) for Parliamentary supporters and soldiers (most of Devon and Cornwall having maintained their allegiences to King Charles I). It was also one of the seats of the Bloody Assizes of Hanging Judge Jeffreys.
    Uploader
    David John Carton
    Contributor
    David John Carton
    Date Taken
    2009-10-30
    Uploaded on
    2009-10-30
    Collection
    Devon
    Category
    Architecture
    Sub Category
    Castles
    Setting
    Outdoor
    Point of view
    Eye level
    People
    Without people
    Dominant colour
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