Hastings Castle Sussex antique print plate 2 dated 1785


Hastings Castle Sussex built by William the Conqueror in 1066. A copper-plate engraved antique print of the ruins, dated in the plate 15th. June, 1785. An original antique item from Francis Grose’s, ‘The Antiquities of England and Wales.’ Paper size 10.5 x 8 inches. This original antique print is in excellent condition (small light crease beyond printed area.) Price shown is ex VAT.

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Hastings Castle Sussex plate 2. A copper-plate engraved antique print, dated in the plate 15th. June, 1785. Original antique item from Francis Grose’s, ‘The Antiquities of England and Wales.’

Hastings Castle is a keep and bailey castle ruin situated in the town of Hastings, East Sussex. Immediately after landing in England in 1066, William of Normandy ordered three fortifications to be built, Pevensey Castle in September 1066, Hastings (before the Battle of Hastings) and Dover. Hastings Castle was originally built as a motte-and-bailey castle near the sea. Later that year, the famous Battle of Hastings took place near the Hastings castle, in which William was victorious. In 1070, William issued orders for the Castle to be rebuilt in stone, along with the St Mary’s Chapel.

This original print is from: ‘The Antiquities of England and Wales’ by Francis Grose. Eight volumes published from 1772. Printed in London for Hooper and Wigstead. Artists and engravers names are recorded below each antique print, together with the date of the engravings execution.  Francis Grose’s interest was in the field of medieval remains, which were beginning to exercise an increasing grip on the public imagination. In 1772, he published the first part of ‘The Antiquities of England and Wales,’ a work which he unashamedly aimed at the popular market. Essentially, it targeted those who wanted to know about antiquities but had neither time nor means to visit them in person, and contained small panoramas of medieval ruins, together with an informative text on a separate page. Sometimes the text was taken from books already published, or from information supplied by other antiquaries (both acknowledged); sometimes Grose collated material himself from which he could work up an article. From 1772 onwards, he also toured the country to visit and draw sites for inclusion in The Antiquities. In all, Eight Volumes of the work were published. Thank you to Wikipedia for supplying links and some of the above text.

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