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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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Castle  Bytham ,site plan.
Castle Bytham ,site plan.
Colchester  Castle  keep  reflected.
Colchester Castle keep reflected.
Barnard  Castle  bridge, with castle  walls  above.
Barnard Castle bridge, with castle walls above.
The  Castle  ruins  from  the  River  Tees.
The Castle ruins from the River Tees.
Fotheringhay  Castle  mound
Fotheringhay Castle mound
Canal  boat  reflected  on  the  River  Nene.
Canal boat reflected on the River Nene.
The  castle  mound
The castle mound
Rayleigh  Mount / 1 : A  Saxon   castle
Rayleigh Mount / 1 : A Saxon castle
Rayleigh  Mount / 2
Rayleigh Mount / 2
Rayleigh   Mount  /  3
Rayleigh Mount / 3
Rayleigh  Mount / 4
Rayleigh Mount / 4
Rayleigh  Mount / 5
Rayleigh Mount / 5
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