Are plans for Kenilworth’s mere gaining momentum?
PLANS to reflood Kenilworth Castle’s mere could become a serious consideration on the District Council’s long term plan with a new move to launch a feasibility study.
District councillors will look into funding a study exploring the possibilities of restore the castle grounds to how they were back in the 13th century, which could improving the site for tourism.
To reflood the grounds would be a huge undertaking and cost millions of pounds and the proposals are still only being considered for their potential in the very earliest stages.
But are already dividing the town with many excited at the thought of the castle being restored to its former state, but others blasting the move as impractical and costly.
English Heritage, Warwickshire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Kenilworth Town Council are all involved in consultation process to set the ball in motion and gauge an idea of how the move could work in reality.
Earlier this year, students at Warwick University were approached by the council to produce a report into the possibilities, and came up with images of how the mere could look.
The great mere was created by King John and in 1266 played a significant part in the Siege of Kenilworth Castle during the 2nd Barons War.
But the water was drained after the execution of Charles I when an Act of Parliament was passed to make sure the castle’s defences were destroyed.
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