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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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Stapleton Tower
Stapleton Tower
The motte,Mount Bures
The motte,Mount Bures
The  overgrown  motte, Mount  Bures.
The overgrown motte, Mount Bures.
Mount Bures motte;information board.
Mount Bures motte;information board.
Mount  Bures ;relationship  twixt  church  and  motte
Mount Bures ;relationship twixt church and motte
The  motte ,Mount  Bures.
The motte ,Mount Bures.
Purleigh Mount,the southern aspect.
Purleigh Mount,the southern aspect.
Purleigh  Mount.
Purleigh Mount.
Montgomery Castle,information board.
Montgomery Castle,information board.
Montgomery Castle,remains,from the south west angle.
Montgomery Castle,remains,from the south west angle.
Montgomery Castle,remains,from the north east angle.
Montgomery Castle,remains,from the north east angle.
Montgomery Church,from the castle ruins.
Montgomery Church,from the castle ruins.
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