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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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Dolforwyn Castle,the southern wall.
Dolforwyn Castle,the southern wall.
Dolforwyn Castle,interior detail.
Dolforwyn Castle,interior detail.
Stokesay Castle and church,reflected.
Stokesay Castle and church,reflected.
Clun Castle.
Clun Castle.
Clun Bowling Green,with Clun Castle behind.
Clun Bowling Green,with Clun Castle behind.
Clun castle earthworks
Clun castle earthworks
Great Canfield,motte and bailey.
Great Canfield,motte and bailey.
The  motte, Great  Canfield
The motte, Great Canfield
Looking down into the moat,at Castle Camps,motte and bailey
Looking down into the moat,at Castle Camps,motte and bailey
The flooded North side of the moat,Castle Camps,motte and bailey
The flooded North side of the moat,Castle Camps,motte and bailey
Plan of the re-modelling of Castle Camps motte and bailey and village
Plan of the re-modelling of Castle Camps motte and bailey and village
A tourist signpost,with Clifford's Tower,behind.
A tourist signpost,with Clifford's Tower,behind.
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