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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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Comlongon Castle.
Comlongon Castle.
Comlongon Castle.
Comlongon Castle.
Cockpool Castle,site of.
Cockpool Castle,site of.
Wamphrey Place,motte and bailey castle.
Wamphrey Place,motte and bailey castle.
Wamphrey Place,motte and bailey castle.
Wamphrey Place,motte and bailey castle.
Annan  Castle, the  motte; the  home  of  Robert  The  Bruce.
Annan Castle, the motte; the home of Robert The Bruce.
Annan Castle,the motte viewed from the remains of the bailey.
Annan Castle,the motte viewed from the remains of the bailey.
Beaumont-on-Eden,the motte.
Beaumont-on-Eden,the motte.
Beaumont motte,with St.Mary's church,looking east.
Beaumont motte,with St.Mary's church,looking east.
Beaumont-on-Eden,the motte,with St.Mary's church.
Beaumont-on-Eden,the motte,with St.Mary's church.
The Main Gate, C17th Century
The Main Gate, C17th Century
A World War 2 pillbox succumbing to the ingress of the sea.
A World War 2 "pillbox" succumbing to the ingress of the sea.
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