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Ian Dalgliesh | profile | all galleries >> CASTLES tree view | thumbnails | slideshow | map

CASTLES

We tend to glamourise castles,as having been fun places to live.Mostly,pre-16th century,that wasn't the case.When William and his Norman hordes invaded and took over England,they threw up motte and bailey castles everywhere they went.Firstly,because they were relatively quick to construct,and secondly,because they had to,as they(The Normans) weren't exactly welcome.Castles,in Britain,started as "castellum" or a fortified place.A secure holding in times of strife.As times changed so did requirements,and thus castles changed.Some were fortified all the more,some abandoned altogether,some were remodelled into mansions.More often than not as they were abandoned ,stone robbing took place,leaving only the earthworks,in the form of mounds and ditches,for future generations to ponder over.A large number of castles,in England and Wales,exist now ,only in name,with modern farming methods having removed them from extant existance.Lots are visible now only from aerial photography.And yet,they all helped to fashion the land as we see it today.
see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_castles_in_England
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Castle  ruins  high  above  the  River Tees.
Castle ruins high above the River Tees.
Framlingham Castle,the wall walk,looking East.
Framlingham Castle,the wall walk,looking East.
Framlingham Castle,the Wallwalk,East range
Framlingham Castle,the Wallwalk,East range
Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle
Bailey wall,looking West to the Keep
Bailey wall,looking West to the Keep
Hadleigh Castle at dawn
Hadleigh Castle at dawn
Dover Castle
Dover Castle
Dolforwyn Castle,as it may have looked,when in use.
Dolforwyn Castle,as it may have looked,when in use.
Dolforwyn Castle,looking east
Dolforwyn Castle,looking east
Dolforwyn Castle,the interior
Dolforwyn Castle,the interior
Dolforwyn Castle,during excavation and renovation.
Dolforwyn Castle,during excavation and renovation.
Dolforwyn Castle overlooking the Severn Valley
Dolforwyn Castle overlooking the Severn Valley
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