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STOURTON CASTLE

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Possibly originated as a hunting lodge in the time of William II, and referred to as the King's House during the reign of Henry II. Restored in 1184-96 and fortified in 1223. The present house incorporates some late medieval and 16th century work , but the building was remodelled and rebuilt 1832-3 by James Foster. The 19th century main front incorporates a late medieval gate tower. The ranges to the south, north and east are 16th century in date and once formed three sides of an open courtyard, roofed over as part of the 1832-3 remodelling.

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