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Filename: j870184.jpg

Size: 3524 x 4972 (15.6MB)

Date: 20th January 2004

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

Source: English Heritage Images

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Beeston Castle J870184

BEESTON CASTLE, Cheshire. Reconstruction drawing by Ivan Lapper of the Outer Gatehouse with hay carts entering the castle

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Media ID 472482

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Defence Entrance Fortification Graphic Medieval


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print transports us back in time to the medieval era, capturing the essence of Beeston Castle in Cheshire. The intricate reconstruction drawing by Ivan Lapper showcases the Outer Gatehouse, a vital entrance and defense point for this formidable fortress. As we gaze upon the image, our imagination runs wild with visions of hay carts bustling through the gates, bringing life and sustenance into this ancient stronghold. The attention to detail in Lapper's graphic depiction is truly remarkable. Every stone and archway has been meticulously recreated, allowing us to appreciate both the architectural grandeur and strategic significance of Beeston Castle. It serves as a powerful reminder of how fortifications like these played a crucial role in safeguarding communities during turbulent times. Beyond its defensive purpose, this illustration also offers glimpses into daily life within the castle walls. The presence of hay carts suggests an active agricultural community thriving within these protective confines. It sparks curiosity about who inhabited this fortress: knights clad in armor or humble farmers tending their crops? As we admire Ivan Lapper's skillful artwork, it becomes evident that he has expertly captured not just a physical structure but also an entire historical narrative. This print is more than just an aesthetically pleasing piece; it is a window into centuries past – inviting us to explore and appreciate England's rich heritage through artistry and imagination.

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