Eccleshall Castle

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Date:1898 - 1902 (c.)

Description:Eccleshall Castle viewed from the south, with the River Sow and meadows in the foreground. The castle was used as the residence of the Bishops of Lichfield. The first reference to this building was in 1200, when Bishop Geoffrey Muschamp obtained a royal licence to embattle a manor house in the town. The castle was enlarged by Bishop Walter de Langton between 1297 and 1321.

In 1643 the castle was badly damaged whilst under siege by Parliamentarian forces during the Civil War, so in the latter half of the seventeenth century Bishop Lloyd built a new house within the ruins of the old. This is the manor house which can still be seen today; all that remains of the original castle is the north-east tower and a bridge, which spans a now dry moat.

Photographer: Frank T. Hudson, High Street, Eccleshall.

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Donor ref:P2000.005.0060 (37/45886)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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