Away-day and a flurry of fireplaces

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Caerlaverock Castle

A break from the never-ending project house

I’ve been wanting to visit Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfries and Galloway for a long time but have not been more than an hour’s journey away from home for the last couple of years.  Things being on the improve we ventured forth for a couple of days, on one of which we did – visit the castle, that is.  Having had my adventure I thought I’d share it with you.

First built in the C13, besieged, damaged and repaired with large scale rebuilding of ‘new’ sections completed c1634 and besieged again in 1640 after which it was abandoned, the whole ‘complex’ is an interesting mix.

Why did I want to see it?

This castle is built on a triangular ground plan and I’d never seen the like before.  However, on entering I found that the triangular layout was the least of the surprises.

When you enter a medieval style castle in the United Kingdom what do you expect to see?

(click on an image to view more clearly in full gallery and reach the link for larger image – below right of each gallery image)

No stone left un-photographed

I don’t think I’ve ever taken quite so many photos in such a short time.  I won’t burden you with the lot but here are some of the stone carving, mostly fireplaces,  to be found in the ruins.  Most of the photos depict items dating I think from the late C15 through to the 1630s rebuild.

Middle period section
to the right in courtyard

Later rebuild of the 1600s

Please forgive my somewhat garbled reporting of the history of the castle and, if you would like to know more, it would be safer (and more informative) if you follow the link above (and any others you can find) about the history of Caerlaverock.

All fireplaced-out?  Are you sure?

Go on, have one more for luck

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house blog - the infill dolls house blog – Caerlaverock Castle - 1600s build - view through a window

Floating fireplace through window of 17th century façade.

 

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