Smiler Bear is in a place of grandeur at the moment.
Here are the clues:
- It is a medieval building.
- It was developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068.
- It is in England, situated on a bend of the River Avon.
- The building is close to Birmingham Airport.
- The original wooden motte-and-bailey building was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century.
- During the Hundred Years War, the facade opposite the town was refortified, resulting in one of the most recognisable examples of 14th century military architecture.
- It was used as a stronghold until the early 17th century, when it was granted to Sir Fulke Greville by James I in 1604.
- Greville converted it to a country house and it was owned by the Greville family, who became Earls in 1759, until 1978 when it was bought by the Tussauds Group.
- The river, which runs below the building on the east side, has eroded the rock that it stands on, forming a cliff. The river and cliff form natural defences.
- When construction began in 1068, four houses belonging to the Abbot of Coventry were demolished to provide room. The building’s position made it strategically important in safeguarding the Midlands against rebellion.