Stokesay Castle, Herefordshire
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One of the finest fortified manor houses in England and built originally by Lawrence de Ludlow, a wealthy wool merchant in the 13th century. The de Sayes fortified it against Welsh marauders. It is from the de Sayes that its name derives. It has its own timber-framed gatehouse built around 1600. The parish church sustained damage during the English Civil War by Parliamentary forces, after the action that took place on 8th June 1645. Sir William Crofts, the ablest of the Herefordshire Royalists was killed in the action.