Bev Woodger – 20th June 1995
Dear Miss Field,
Thankyou for your letter. I understand what you are hoping to do now. I suggest that the main stages in the development that could be covered are:
1266 – a few buildings existed on the upper ward and the lower ward was protected by a curtain wall of which a gateway still remains, possibly a tower also although it is more difficult to ascribe that exactly.
1405 – gatehouse built
1617 – new manor house developed – now part of the existing house
1650 (approx) – Oliver Cromwell demolished the defensive parts of the castle.
1700s – change in levels of the inner ward which was levelled to its highest point. Previously sloping.
1868 – Manor house took its present shape
Other alterations are of a minor nature and would complicate the animation without adding anything to the telling.
You will probably find adequate information to get the general idea in the N.T. house guide (about £1.80 from the castle) Get the text version not the picture book although you might find this useful as well.
Best of luck, let me know what help you require.