A Trip To Nunney Castle
A little while ago Adam and I were attending one of my appointments which happened to be in Nunney (about a 30 minute drive from the Bath town centre) so we thought it would be a good idea to check out Nunney Castle before. I had heard a lot about it and had seen photos online numerous times, and it looked beautiful, so I was really excited to take photos and have a look around.
When we got there, it was actually empty! We had the castle and surrounding grounds to ourselves for about 10 minutes before other people came in, but it was still mostly deserted due to the location and the fact that it’s in ruins now. As it is quite big, we couldn’t get much of the castle in focus with our 85mm lens, as most of it is just bricks now, but the actual castle itself in full looks like this from afar (click here) so it’s really quite striking.
Nunney is in the county of Somerset which is why it’s not far from me, and the castle dates back to the Medieval times! It was built in the late 14th century by Sir John Delamare on the profits of his involvement in the Hundred Years War. The moated castle’s architectural style is said to possibly be influenced by the design of French castles, and the bridge still works over the moat. It was remodelled during the late 16th century, but Nunney Castle was unfortunately damaged and ruined during the English Civil War by order of Parliament. The shell of the tower was taken into state guardianship in 1926 and cleared of plants and rubble while the moat and the medieval drawbridge pit beneath the far end of the bridge were re-excavated, which I’m pleased about.
I always get so sad when I hear stories like this as I think back to how life would have been with this castle as your home, and then it was blown apart. I know most castles are in ruins now, as expected from centuries of deterioration, but a castle as small and cute as this seemed so homely. How the castle actually looked during its lived in time is something I looked up, and here is what I found:
The tower formerly stood within a larger courtyard enclosed on three sides by a wall and on the fourth by the brook. Within the courtyard there were probably several service buildings. The tower is laid out on a four-lobed plan and encircled by a moat. On each corner, there is a turret capped by a conical roof. A projecting line of battlements ran round the wall tops. Inside the tower were a kitchen at ground floor level, a hall on the third floor and withdrawing chambers on the top floor. Opening off these into the far right-hand corner tower was a chapel.
Anyway, since I wanted to make this blog post mostly dedicated to the heritage and history of Nunney Castle (I’m always fascinated by things like this) I didn’t think it would make much sense to add in all my outfit links as I was wearing mostly old, casual items. I don’t remember who my rainbow jumper is by as it’s old, my jeans are Citizens of Humanity Rocket and I have a pair of black trainers, however if you are interested in my bag, you can check out my Gucci Marmont Velvet Belt Bag review that I did last year and buy it or find out information on it there.
So I hope you enjoy these photos and if you do ever get chance to check out Nunney Castle, I recommend it! It’s only small now and mostly just bricks, but if you love heritage and architecture, it might be good. It’s free entry as it’s just a landmark now, and you can tour it in about 5-10 minutes if you want to, or spend longer, as you can’t climb any stairs, it’s just a shell. Let me know what you think and do tell me if you have been before! Lorna xx.
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