Old Wardour Castle (front View)
I would like to say a big 'THANK YOU' to all of the provers for the time and effort that they put into something they had no knowledge of.
Your contribution is very valued.
Without provers, there would be no remedies and without remedies, Homeopathy wouldnt exist.
I would also like to thank Usha Pearce RSHom
for her de-briefing & Mabel Smith RSHom (my supervisor)
The Homeopathic Proving of 'Ruina Castellum'
Old Wardour Castle
By Mary English DSH, RSHom
Old Wardour Castle was built, not as a fortress, but as a place to entertain guests and see and be seen. I visited the Castle on Wed 25th August 2004 with my partner, Jonathan, and arrived around noon.The proving samples were taken from loose pieces of wall from the Great chamber, the fireplace in the Great Chamber and from upstairs where the musicians would have stood, playing, to entertain the guests.
No damage was made to the Castle.
The small pieces of mortar and stone were then placed in a remedy bottle in a hole in the wall in the Great Chamber for 30 minutes (while I explored the rest of the Castle), to pick up the actual rooms energies. The proving samples were then sent to John Lee at Ainsworths and were made into a 6c, a 12c and a 30c. The proving started on Saturday 18th September, and as usual, none of the provers knew what they were taking. They were asked to keep a record of their dreams and feelings the week before the proving started, and to carry on recording for 2 weeks, then take the antidote on the last day. Of the original 12 provers, we have records from 9 of them, and of those 9 , three took the 6c, three took the 12c and three took the 30c.
About The Castle
Old Wardour Castle was built based on a hexagonal plan with a central courtyard. This was firstly a magnificent home with the only military threat likely to come from disgruntled peasants rather than an army. Hence there are two grand windows above the entrance marking the hall, which never would have been tolerated in ealier keeps. Although the structure now stands within an 18th century landscape park, it was originally surrounded by a walled enclosure with accommodation, stables and workshops most likely within.
p52 , 'English Castles Explained' by Trevor Yorke, published by Countryside Books, Berkshire,2003
Old Wardour Castle is an early example of the constricted combination of keep and inner bailey. The first building, hexagonal in plan with an open courtyard, dates from the 1390's and was built for John, fifth Lord Lovel. The outer ring of walls was added in the 1570's. This type of arrangement with a central block allowed for more space and comfort and is eloquent of the less dangerous times of it's building;the 15th century in England had been a troubled period , but once the Tudors were well-established,comfort could be afforded greater priority in the design and alteration of castles. In the 1570's Sir Matthew Arundel had the castle converted to a country house by the leading architect of the day, Robert Smythson, who was building nearby Longleat, and the classical character of his work is immediately apparent.
The particularly fine decorative features of this period are the doorways, both external and in the courtyard. The new windows are oddly old-fashioned, with some false windows places symmetrically for effect and actually with chimney flues behind them.
Two Civil War sieges in 1643 and 1644 saw the end of this house, the south-west wall being destroyed, and it was abandoned until Richard Woods incorporated it into a landscaped setting in 1765.
p 30, 'Exploring England's Heritage, Dorset to Gloucestershire', by Martin Robertson, published by HMSO, London, 1992
Old Wardour Castle was built during the reign of King Richard II (b- 1367 , d-1400, r-1377-1399) who was crowned King when he was 10 years old in 1377. Royal Family Website, King Richard II
By the 1390's the Lovel family had acquired land in Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Wiltshire as well as Oxfordshire. Their rise to national prominence came with John Lovel's marriage to Maud Holand, an heiress whose cousins were half-brothers of Richard II. Through his wife's relations, John Lovel thus found himself in contact with the royal court. Two generations later, the family had risen to become one of the wealthiest in the land.
p22 'Old Wardour Castle', edited by Louise Wilson, published by English Heritage, London, 1999
As Wardour Castle was built and used as a place to entertain, the issues that were raised by the provers centred around 'How do I look, & how does my home look to myself and other people?'. This was brought out in the dreams where most of the provers dreamt about having parties, entertaining and being in company. Some provers had cleaning sprees, tidying things up and making the house look nice etc.Others went shopping and were focussed on how they looked. Interestingly, during the proving,prover number 3 said she wanted to visit Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, but couldn't go because she didn't have enough money!
"Definately still have that solid stone in the warm sun feeling, things are happening around me but really don't seem to be affecting me."
Note from English Heritage. "It is an offense to cause any damage to a scheduled monument without consent under the 1979 Ancient Monuments and Archaelogical Areas Act". English Heritage