Dec 7th, 2010 | | Conservation | English Heritage | No Comments

Banqueting House: Wardour Old Castle

Old Wardour Castle was partially destroyed during the Civil War, in 1644. Until the New Castle was built in the 1770s, the Arundells moved into Wardour Old House, which is situated to the south of the ruin.

The Banqueting Pavilion appears to have been built on the remains of what might have been a gatehouse on the west side of the bailey of Old Wardour Castle. A clue to the date of this building is given by a blacksmith’s bill of March-November 1773, for work done for the “Banqueting Room”. In view of the date, James Paine, who was heavily involved with the work on the New Castle at the time, may have been the architect.

I was commissioned to carry out the paint analysis of the exterior doors of both the Pavilion and the three-seater lavatory and of the walls and woodwork of both the main room and the servery of the Pavilion.

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