WARWICK Castle’s world-famous trebuchet has gone up for sale as it is “bringing down the overall look of the place”.
The 22-tonne siege warfare machine has a price tag of £100,000 and has been put on the market by the 10th Earl of Warwick.
The trebuchet is currently the world’s largest example of this particular type of 13th to 14 century war machinery and is sure to capture the attention of siege warfare fans around the globe.
Guy de Beauchamp, the 10th Earl of Warwick, decided to sell the trebuchet – nicknamed Ursa, latin for bear, after Warwickshire’s famous bear and ragged staff emblem – as it has done a fair bit of mileage in battles in Scotland.
He said: “I think I’ve got the best castle in the country – it’s incredible looking – but frankly the old trebuchet parked outside is bringing down the overall look of the place.
“It worked like a dream up in Scotland though, and it’s still got plenty of life left in it so it makes sense to sell it on.
“It would make a nice starter trebuchet for a less important nobleman who wants to defend his smaller castle than mine.”