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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  missing  tower  and  curtain  walls.
The missing tower and curtain walls.
The  round  keep
The round keep
Riverside  revetting  adjacent  to  Skenfrith  Castle
Riverside revetting adjacent to Skenfrith Castle
The  Round  Keep  in  the  castle  courtyard.
The Round Keep in the castle courtyard.
White  Castle ; the  outer  gatehouse
White Castle ; the outer gatehouse
White  Castle ; The  inner  ward.
White Castle ; The inner ward.
White  Castle : The  inner  ward  and  hornwork
White Castle : The inner ward and hornwork
White  Castle : Inner  Ward  courtyard
White Castle : Inner Ward courtyard
Totternhoe  Castle / 1
Totternhoe Castle / 1
Totternhoe  Castle / 2
Totternhoe Castle / 2
Totternhoe  Castle / 3
Totternhoe Castle / 3
Toddington  Castle / 1
Toddington Castle / 1
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