English, 19th Century
Goodrich Castle Overlooking the Wye River
Signed T. Thomas (lr)
Oil on canvas
22 x 38 inches (55.9 x 96.5 cm)
A splendid example of Mediaeval military architecture, Goodrich Castle was originally built as a wooden fort shortly after the Norman conquest to maintain control over the Wye valley. It was replaced by a stone castle during the 12th century, and later expanded considerably. In 1646, during the English Civil War, Goodrich was taken by Parliamentary forces, aided by "Roaring Meg," a large canon cast expressly for that siege, and which is on display at the castle today. Goodrich subsequently fell into ruin, and by the late 18th century had become a picturesque subject for Romantic poetry and paintings.
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