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Standing in a peaceful Shropshire valley near the Welsh border, Stokesay Castle has survived remarkably intact since a leading wool merchant, Laurence of Ludlow, built it in the late 13th century. His fine fortified manor house was both comfortable and impressive, designed as a statement of his wealth and power.
Today, barely touched by the passage of years, the castle offers a unique insight into life in medieval England. Delve into its history here.
Read a full history of Stokesay Castle, built in the 1280s by Laurence of Ludlow and one of the first fortified manor houses in England.
Find out how the extraordinary growth of the wool trade not only paid for the building of Stokesay Castle but also bought its owner power and status.
In 1342 Sir Laurence Ludlow of Stokesay Castle was arrested for failing to collect taxes. Was he connected with a protest poem composed at the time?
Read a description of the castle – one of the first fortified manor houses in England, which bears witness to the taste, wealth and importance of its owner.
Download a plan of Stokesay Castle as a PDF to see how it has developed over time.
Packed with plans, reconstruction drawings and historic photos, this guidebook gives a vivid account of the castle’s history and its occupants.
Discover the importance of Stokesay Castle, which lies not just in the buildings themselves but in their survival with so little alteration.
Find out how research has informed our understanding of the castle, and what remains to be discovered.
Use this list of written and visual sources, published and unpublished, to learn more about Stokesay Castle and its history.
Once symbols of power and prestige, England’s medieval castles are now monuments to centuries of history. Discover the stories held within their walls.