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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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Tonbridge  Castle, the  Gatehouse.
Tonbridge Castle, the Gatehouse.
Tonbridge  Castle, the  Motte.
Tonbridge Castle, the Motte.
Late afternoon sun bathes the ruins.
Late afternoon sun bathes the ruins.
Castle ruins in arboreal splendour.
Castle ruins in arboreal splendour.
Eorpeburnan? and  Castle  Toll.
Eorpeburnan? and Castle Toll.
Castle Toll,the  motte.
Castle Toll,the motte.
Castle Toll,the motte,looking south.
Castle Toll,the motte,looking south.
Castle  Toll, the  motte, looking  East.
Castle Toll, the motte, looking East.
Plan of Castle Toll.
Plan of Castle Toll.
Clungunford Motte,display board
Clungunford Motte,display board
Clungunford  Motte, known  locally  as  Bum (H)ill
Clungunford Motte, known locally as "Bum (H)ill"
Crugyn  Newcastle  motte
Crugyn Newcastle motte
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