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Rochester Castle restoration backed by James Purefoy

Actor James Purefoy has backed plans to see Rochester Castle restored. Hus latest film Ironclad is a multimillion-pound epic that details King John’s bloody siege of the castle in 1215, in which he tried to crush a band of rebels intent on stopping his march to power in London.
The film’s producers opted to build a life-size replica of Rochester Castle in Wales
But Rome and Resident Evil star James Purefoy, who appears as a Knight Templar, has thrown his weight behind the campaign to restore the castle. Continue reading

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Hopton Castle renovation makes progress

16 members of Hopton Castle Preservation Trust visited the site and enjoyed views from the top of the castle. A new archway has been built in the castle’s north west tower and a new roof is being put over one tower to protect the original medieval plaster. Scaffolding, which has surrounded the castle for more than two years, is due to come down this week and it is hoped the restoration will be finished by Christmas. It marks the beginning of the end of an appeal launched by trust members 10 years ago to restore the castle ruins. The project has since been delayed by poor weather and new problems discovered in the castle structure. Continue reading

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Ruperra Castle for sale

Ruperra Castle for sale, The design for Ruperra Castle was clearly based on that for Lulworth Castle, just 100 miles away in Dorset, and built between 1603-05. Always called a ‘castle’ but built with the instruction from Lord Howard of Bindon that it ‘prove pretty’, it was never military. Indeed, Thomas Gerard writing in 1630 described it as ‘well seated for prospect and pleasure; but of little other use’. Bought by the Weld family from Lord Howard it remained their family seat until a devastating fire in 1929 completely gutted the interior – as it remains today, although the building itself has been restored. Another house thought to have been built around 1612 is Compton Bassett House in Wiltshire (dem. c1929) which clearly shared a similar layout although the corner turrents were square. Continue reading

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Andrew Lloyd Webber wants to buy Highclere Castle

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he would be interested in buying Highclere Castle to house his art collection.
Lord Lloyd Webber has approached planning chiefs with an offer for the landmark on the Hampshire-Berkshire border.
Owners Earl and Countess of Carnarvon are applying for permission to build up to 15 houses on the site, near Newbury.
They want to fund urgent repairs to the castle Continue reading

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