Carisbrooke Castle, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight

Carisbrooke Castle, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight
Photograph taken c1720s © Historic England Archive Photo Library ref: N070757

This is a copy of an engraving of Carisbrooke Castle. It has the title ''North view of Carisbrook Castle in the Isle of Wight'' by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck. and Nathaniel were brothers who, in 1724, set out around England to make prints of 'antiquities'. There has been a fortress here since Saxon times, but the present castle was begun in c1100. This was when the Isle of Wight was granted to the de Redvers family. Countess Isabella de Redvers extensively rebuilt it after 1262. The castle experienced its only siege in 1377, beating off a French raiding force. After the Spanish Armada passed alarmingly close in 1588, Carisbrooke was updated as an artillery fortification. It was surrounded by 'bastioned' outer earthworks which are still impressively visible today. The castle's most famous resident was Charles I, imprisoned here in 1647-8. This property is now in the care of English Heritage (2010). Find out more.


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