Noble Merchant - Update

Alan Rogers

The following communication has been received from Professor Alan Rogers.

In my book 'Noble Merchant'; William Browne (c1410--1489) and Stamford in the fifteenth century, I published a photograph ostensibly of Stamford Castle c1900; it was taken from a print now in the collection of the Stamford Survey Group made from the glass negatives belonging to Henry Traylen and now in the Town Hall. The print showed a remarkable high structure, not otherwise known. But it was faulty for two reasons:

  1.  the print had been reversed from negative; it was taken from the grain tower near the railway station, and looked across the meadows.
  2. what I took to be the castle mound turns out to be a blot on the negative and is in the wrong location for the castle.

The photograph below taken about 1855 by the Revd. Law (Stamford Museum collection) shows the castle mound as much lower at that time. Again the negative is marred with a number of blots.

The height of the castle in the fifteenth century is not known. The castle was certainly still in use then for courts and offices although its defences had been dismantled.

I apologise for the error.