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Stokesay Castle’s Gatehouse - Looking Better Than Ever!

Stokesay Castle’s Gatehouse - Looking Better Than Ever!
A brighter entrance awaits visitors to Stokesay Castle, near Ludlow, this spring, as refurbishment and restoration work on the timber-framed gatehouse is revealed in its colourful glory!

The gatehouse has been shrouded in scaffolding and plastic sheeting since last October, as specialist craftsmen from Ludlow-based Treasure & Son, worked to repair and restore parts of the timber and plasterwork that had cracked and become rotten since the property last received major attention in the 1980s.  The work included strengthening some of the timbers, and concluded with a full painting in the iconic Stokesay yellow colour of the newly-repaired plasterwork.

“This is a building that dates back to 1640, and its very design and structure is very elaborate and always would have required on-going maintenance,” explains Julie Hall, visitor operations site supervisor for Stokesay Castle.  “This is the first major repair work since English Heritage commissioned its restoration in the 1980s, and though it has taken much of the winter to complete, the end result is fantastic!"

The yellow plasterwork is especially vibrant and bright, although, as Stephen Treasure of Treasure & Son explains, it is an accurate recreation of how Stokesay would have looked in its heyday: “The paint is effectively a limewash with coloured pigment added to create the yellow colour.  When our company originally got involved in the restoration of the castle in the 1980s, we found the oldest painted panel on the building and colour-matched to it.  We still have that panel in its original colour, so even today we can compare with what the builders would have used nearly 400 years ago.”

Indeed, the bright yellow of the building complements perfectly the yellow daffodils currently blooming in the moat, which has now re-opened to the public.

Stokesay Castle is open daily until 30 September from 10.00am to 5.00pm.  Admission prices are £5.50 for adults, £4.70 for concessions, £2.80 for children and £13.80 for a family ticket (two adults and up to three children).  For more information, please call 01588 672544 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/stokesaycastle


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