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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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Conisbrough Castle
Conisbrough Castle
Conisbrough Castle
Conisbrough Castle
Hadleigh Castle
Hadleigh Castle
Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle
Image showing the proximity to each other of Garrison Point Fort and the Grain Tower Battery.
Image showing the proximity to each other of Garrison Point Fort and the Grain Tower Battery.
A container ship passing between the two forts.
A container ship passing between the two forts.
Looking  west  across  Wotherton  to  Wales.
Looking west across Wotherton to Wales.
Gorse  bush  in  afternoon  sunshine.
Gorse bush in afternoon sunshine.
Castell  Dinas  Bran / 2
Castell Dinas Bran / 2
Hyssington  Castle ; the bailey
Hyssington Castle ; the bailey
Hyssington  Castle ; the  motte
Hyssington Castle ; the motte
Skenfrith  Castle  Information  Board.
Skenfrith Castle Information Board.
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