SO 436-817 Shropshire England
Stokesay Castle is a fortified medieval manor house, founded by Lawrence of Ludlow, a wealthy local wool-merchant. Of a single build, virtually the whole of the still-surviving house was completed from 1281 to 1291, when King Edward I granted a licence to crenellate. Hardly altered since, the Baldwyn family added, the panelled chamber in the solar block and the timber-framed gatehouse in the mid 17th century. In the Civil War, the castle owned by the Craven family was a small Royalist stronghold but in 1645 after a skirmish and a short siege, it surrendered to a Parliamentarian force. Encased by a moat, the walled courtyard is flanked by the north tower, the isolated multangular south tower and the gatehouse. In between the towers stands the solar block and the open-hearthed great hall, with its fine timber roof and rare wooden staircase. 6 miles east at Culmington is Camp Ring.
Stokesay Castle is located south of Craven Arms, off the A49. 22 miles south of Shrewsbury, on the A49.
The site is owned by English Heritage and is open daily, April to September 10:00-5:00pm, Wednesday to Sunday, March and October 10:00-5:00pm, Thursday to Sunday, November to February 10:00-4:00pm.
There is a car park.