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Filename: J990031.jpg

Size: 4625 x 3780 (18.6MB)

Date: 29th May 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Artist

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Civil War siege at Old Wardour Castle J990031

OLD WARDOUR CASTLE, Wiltshire. Reconstruction drawing of the back wall of the castle collapsing during a Civil War siege in 1644 by Philip Corke

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Old Wardour Castle: A Graphic Illustration of the Siege in 1643 by Philip Corke Old Wardour Castle, located in Wiltshire, England, holds a significant place in the annals of British history as a site of intense conflict during the English Civil War. This evocative reconstruction drawing by renowned graphic artist Philip Corke brings to life the dramatic events that unfolded at the castle in 1643. The image captures the moment when the back wall of Old Wardour Castle collapses under the relentless barrage of enemy fire. The siege, led by the Parliamentarian forces under the command of Sir William Waller, had been underway for several days, and the Royalist defenders, holding out under the leadership of Sir John Boys, were growing increasingly desperate. The meticulously detailed illustration showcases the chaos and destruction that ensued during the siege. Smoke billows from the castle's walls, signaling the intensity of the battle. Soldiers from both sides can be seen engaged in hand-to-hand combat, while others man the ramparts and prepare for the next wave of attack. The collapse of the back wall marks a turning point in the battle, with the Parliamentarian forces gaining a significant advantage. Philip Corke's illustration is a testament to the skill and artistry of the graphic artist. His ability to capture the raw emotion and intensity of the siege is truly remarkable. The drawing provides a unique glimpse into the past, allowing us to experience the events of the English Civil War in a way that words alone cannot convey. Old Wardour Castle, with its rich history and stunning architecture, continues to attract visitors from around the world. This illustration serves as a reminder of the pivotal role it played in the English Civil War and the sacrifices made by those who fought there.

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