Tamworth Castle: Full Plate Armour


In the Great Hall at Tamworth Castle is an example of a continental suit of full plate armour. Dating to between 1630-1650, the suit is made up of various pieces of different armour – a common practice in the English Civil War (1642-49). Such suits were worn by the commanders of Charles I (Royalists) and Oliver Cromwell’s (Parliamentarian) armies. The elaborate engraving is a Victorian addition.


Tamworth: Gibbs & Canning


On display in the museum at Tamworth Castle are examples of architectural terracotta which were produced by the company Gibbs and Manning. Established in 1847, the firm manufactured a whole range of works from ornamental garden pieces, sculptures and animals to grand architectural stoneware.


The above pottery plaque details a female head with a scrolled flower either side and dates to the early 20th century.


The above work depicts two intertwined lizards biting the tail of the other and dates to the early 20th century.


The above plaque depicts a graceful eel and also dates to the early 20th century. Gibbs and Canning ceased to trade in the late 1960’s.

Tamworth: Holloway Lodge


Holloway Lodge dates to 1810 and was built as part of an extensive restoration programme at Tamworth Castle. The single storey gatehouse originally had battlemented crenellations which were raised when the Borough Council added another floor. Built in a Gothic Revival style, the gatehouse has a central carriage entrance and round angle turrets. Constructed of ashlar, Holloway Lodge is Grade II Listed.