Wood carving of Hippocamp, Stafford Castle

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Date:1850 - 1895 (c.)

Description:A winged horse or 'Hippocamp' oak carving which formed part of the panelling inside the Hall in Stafford Castle.

The castle to the south-west of the town was built in the fourteenth century by Ralph de Stafford, on the site of an earlier Norman wooden castle. In the early years of the nineteenth century the Jerningham family sought to gain the Baronetcy of Stafford and began to rebuild the medieval castle as a home, but did not progress beyond the front towers and the joining rooms at the front, and the rear towers as far as the first floor. This work progressed from 1810 until 1815 and after that no further work was done.

The construction work was poor and part of the north tower fell to the ground during the gales of March 1947, during which the whole structure was said to have vibrated. The army demolished the main part, including the two front towers, in the 1960s, leaving a filled-in shell.

Dimensions: height 140mm, width 340mm, depth 25mm

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Donor ref:86.024.1147 (37/44986)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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