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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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The dane john from the town walls.
The dane john from the town walls.
Canterbury:ruins of the Norman keep /1
Canterbury:ruins of the Norman keep /1
Canterbury:ruins of the Norman keep /2
Canterbury:ruins of the Norman keep /2
Brougham Castle and Roman Fort.
Brougham Castle and Roman Fort.
Brougham Castle
Brougham Castle
Walmer Castle
Walmer Castle
Sandown Castle (site of)
Sandown Castle (site of)
Sandwich,barbican, medieval gateway and castle(!!)
Sandwich,barbican, medieval gateway and castle(!!)
Lindsey Castle :the motte
Lindsey Castle :the motte
Lindsey Castle :looking across the bailey to the west wall
Lindsey Castle :looking across the bailey to the west wall
Lindsey Castle : looking across the lake/fishponds
Lindsey Castle : looking across the lake/fishponds
Lindsey Castle : looking across the lake,from the bailey
Lindsey Castle : looking across the lake,from the bailey
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