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Bolsover Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Bolsover, Derbyshire

Double flight of steps with vermiculated and rusticated main doorway, Terrace Range, Bolsover Castle

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The entrance doorway has an arch and pilasters with a pediment over them. The appearance of venerable age has been achieved by sculpting the surface of the stone blocks in two ways. Vermiculation, to indicate erosion from centuries of rain, is created by carving rough channels to give the stone a worm-eaten look. Rustication, leaving of the outer surface of the stone rough, is meant to suggest that speed of construction was more important than artistic finish. Looking back to a time of castles and chivalry, this kind of architecture is Romanticism. The left hand side of the gateway (on the right of the picture) appears contemporary with the Terrace Range. (Photo May 2004).

Uploaded by Andrew H Jackson on 7 February 2016

Photo ID: 136127
Building ID: 101108976
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