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Old Wardour Castle

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HISTORY

Wardour Castle is located in Wardour, on the outskirts of Tisbury and Donhead St Andrew, in the English county of Wiltshire, about 24 kilometers west of Salisbury. The castle was built in the 1390s and partially destroyed in 1643 and 1644 during the English Civil War.

The castle was built on land previously owned by the St Martin family, but when Sir Lawrence of St Martin died in 1385, it was handed over to John, the fifth Baron Lovell, for unknown reasons. It was built using green Tisbury sand, extracted locally, with William Wynford as the master mason, after Baron Lovell received permission from Richard II in 1392.

WHY THIS PLACE

Beautiful romantic ruin of an old luxury residence for luxurious entertainment built in the 14th century. Situated in the peaceful countryside of Wiltshire beside a lake, Old Wardour Castle, near Tisbury, was once one of Britain's most daring and innovative houses. It was built in the 14th century as a slightly fortified luxury residence for comfortable living and luxurious entertainment. Today, the castle ruins offer a relaxing and romantic experience for weddings of any kind.

CURIOSITIES

• It was inspired by the hexagonal castles of fashion in parts of the continent, particularly in France; but its own six-sided design is unique in Britain, as is the inclusion of several independent suites.
• Appeared in Kevin Costner's 1991 feature Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and was used as a filming location for The Journey to Aresmore (released in 2016).

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