Run by English Heritage, Stokesay Castle was constructed at the end of the 13th century by Laurence of Ludlow, who at the time was one of the richest men in England. It remains a treasure by-passed by time, one of the best places to visit in England to experience what medieval life was like.
1643 - Preparing for the war
William Craven was a committed Royalist and Stokesay was garrisoned on the king’s behalf, the only time in its history that it was put to military use. But when parliamentary armies moved into Shropshire in 1645, the castle was surrendered apparently without a shot being fired. The victors demolished the curtain walls almost to the level of the moat, but left the new gatehouse standing.
Before the war, William had leased the castle to Charles Baldwyn, and his son Samuel. We portrayed a mix of people that may have been at the castle to show how the war affected their lives.
1564 - Henry Verdon’s visit
It is July, 1564 and Henry Verdon who was brought up in the Castle by his grandfather, is now returning as the owner. However, at 15 years old and an orphan, he is the Ward of Dowager Countess of Rutland. The event was set as Henry's first visit to the castle as the owner.