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Croft Castle – a 17th-century manor house

Situated on the English-Welsh border near Leominster, Croft is a quiet, ancient place steeped in British history and politics with a picturesque castle and medieval parkland re-fashioned during the 18th century.

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This video of Croft Castle was recorded on Tuesday 7 March 2023 with a DJI Pocket 2 camera.

Below are some stills from the Croft Castle video.

The present Croft Castle building dates from the 1660s during the time when Herbert Croft was Bishop of Hereford, replacing an earlier house some thirty yards to the west, which was excavated by Herefordshire County Archaeologist Prof. Keith Ray and volunteers in 2002. The manor house is a quadrangular stone structure around a central courtyard with round corner towers, and a square bay on the north elevation. Some stone mullion windows remain on all elevations. The castle is one of the first examples of medieval revival.

The property has a three-acre walled garden. It also has a Georgian stable block. The estate has an avenue of Sweet Chestnut trees which were planted over four hundred years ago. Beech and oak trees line the main drive. The Fishpool Valley was landscaped in the eighteenth century with descending ponds, a grotto, a gothic pumphouse, an ice house and a lime kiln, and has undergone major restoration to bring it back to its scenic origins.

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/worcestershire-herefordshire/croft-castle-and-parkland