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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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Gt.Wymondley  Castle / 1
Gt.Wymondley Castle / 1
Gt.Wymondley  Castle / 2
Gt.Wymondley Castle / 2
Gt.Wymondley  Castle / 3
Gt.Wymondley Castle / 3
Gt.Wymondley  Castle / 4
Gt.Wymondley Castle / 4
Supposed  site  Shoreham  Castle.
Supposed site Shoreham Castle.
Castle  Hill, the  motte
Castle Hill, the motte
Castle Hill motte
Castle Hill motte
Swerford  Castle / 1
Swerford Castle / 1
Swerford  Castle / 2
Swerford Castle / 2
Bincknoll  Castle ;bailey rampart and ditch.
Bincknoll Castle ;bailey rampart and ditch.
Bincknoll  Castle
Bincknoll Castle
Middleton  Stoney  castle / 1
Middleton Stoney castle / 1
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