Sunday, May 24, 2009
What a gorgeous place to have a wedding, spend a honeymoon or make a movie! Thirteenth century Caverswall Castle in Staffordshire survived the Civil War, provided a safe haven for nuns fleeing the French Revolution and was the home of the Wedgwood family. Sir William de Caverswall founded the castle more than 700 years ago where the two tributaries of the Blythe rise, seven miles south of Stoke-on-Trent. A moat was formed from the river. Completed in 1275, the castle had fallen into disrepair by the late 1500s. Matthew Craddock, wool merchant and mayor of Stafford, began to refurbish the castle in 1625. Members of the Wedgwood family, Hope and Godfrey Wedgwood, moved in during the 1880s, and the home was the center of a great deal of family activity. In 1891 it was bought by W E Bowers, who remained there for 40 years, in which time he added a wing, now a separate residence. In the past few years it was for sale for 2 million GBP. Obviously some enterprising group has purchased it and turned it into a paradise. Go to the website at http://www.caverswall-castle.co.uk/index.htm and enjoy the views. Be sure to go to their History tab and click on both photo albums. The photos are worth the time. The models are a vision themselves, to say nothing of the gorgeous gowns! Enjoy!