Stokesay Castle



Gatehouse at Stokesay Castle, Shropshire 

Gatehouse at Stokesay Castle, Shropshire, England


This evening, I am focusing on the incredibly well preserved, fortified medieval manor house known as Stokesay Castle near Craven Arms close to the Anglo-Welsh border in Shropshire. Location is about eighty miles south of Liverpool in N.W. England.


The name is derived from the Old English stoc meaning an outlying farmstead or hamlet. Recorded as Stoches in the Domesday Book of 1086.The manorial affix from the de Say family was added in the 12th century.

  Key features

  • Built 1281-1291 by wealthy wool merchant, Lawrence of Ludlow.
  • Has experienced few changes since date of construction and thus is, effectively, an intriguing architectural time capsule.
  • The Great Hall features a open hearth and timber roof.
  • Shuttered gable windows.
  • Medieval tiled floor in North Tower.
  • Gatehouse added in mid 17th century.


By prior arrangement. Refer website for details.

Stokesay Castle, England 

Stokesay Castle

Stokesay Castle, Shropshire, England 

Stokesay Castle


Gatehouse at Stokesay Castle, England 

Gatehouse at Stokesay Castle

A priority for students of medieval architecture.


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