Thursday, 8 November 2012

In Landmark we trust...

So, the Landmark Trust have rescued another forlorn building and turned it into drool worthy unique rental. This week's offering is Astley Castle in Warwickshire, which strictly speaking is a fortified manor rather than a castle. The Grade II listed building is located on an ancient moated site in Warwickshire and during the 14th and 15th centuries became entangled with the succession to the throne of England through Elizabeth Woodville (wife of Edward IV), Elizabeth of York (wife of Henry VII) and Lady Jane Grey. It is also said to have inspired George Eliot and is believed to be the model for 'Knebley' in Scenes of Clerical Life. During the second world war it was requisitioned for convalescing servicemen and it was later turned into a hotel before suffering fire damage in 1978 and falling into ruin.

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